With the sequel to last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles now gearing up for full production, the film has cast the most iconic enemy of the Turtles to appear in the upcoming film.
According to Variety, actor Brian Tee (The Wolverine, Furious 7) has been cast as the iconic villain the Shredder. In the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, Shredder was born Oroku Saki, and after the death of his brother at the hands of ninja Hamato Yoshi, joined the deadly Foot Clan and quickly rose up through the ranks to become one of its most lethal warriors. Adopting the name “Shredder,” he was chosen to lead the American sect of the Foot, and quickly helped the organization carve a name for itself in the underworld by overseeing gun-running, assassinations, and drug smuggling. Years later, Shredder would be challenged by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who were trained by Splinter, the pet rat of his brother’s killer.
Shredder was also the primary antagonist in the classic 1980’s animated television series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” where he was voiced primarily by the late James Avery. Shredder was also the primary antagonist in the first two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action feature films, played by actors James Saito and François Chau in the first and second films, respectively. The powered up “Super Shredder” also appeared in the second film, played by 7-foot tall professional wrestler Kevin Nash.
Although Shredder was slated to appear in the 2014 film played by actor William Fichtner, rewrites and reshoots ultimately took the plot of that film in another direction, and Fichtner instead played a different character, and Shredder was instead portrayed by Tohoru Masamune. Brian Tee joins a cast already populated by Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick, Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman, and Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Johnny Knoxville, and Jeremy Howard voicing the Turtles themselves. It will be produced by Michael Bay, and directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo). It’ll hit theaters on June 3rd, 2016.
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