The actor currently tearing up the streets of Starling City as the titular masked vigilante of the CW series “Arrow” is about to trade in his domino mask for a stylized hockey version.
According to Variety, Stephen Amell will be joining another comic book-based property since he’s landed a part in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. The part is the Turtles’ ally and fellow street vigilante Casey Jones, who was created in the comics to serve as a parody of other popular masked characters appearing in the medium at the time. Apparently, Amell was testing with six other actors for the part over the weekend, but ultimately won out due to his on-screen chemistry with Megan Fox, who plays the Turtles’ friend and TV reporter April O’Neil in the new film series. Along with Amell, Fox is returning in the sequel, as well as Will Arnett, who played the part of Vern Fenwick in the 2014 film.
A fan-favorite character, Casey Jones first appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book canon in 1985, having been featured in the first issue of the Raphael micro-series. While comic book fans certainly warmed to him, his featured appearance in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film from 1990, where he was played by actor Elias Koteas, cemented him as a major player in the franchise, and he’s been a staple of the series ever since. In the 2007 animated film, he was voiced by the incumbent Captain America, Chris Evans.
Last year’s film was a big box office success for Paramount, grossing over $485 million worldwide. The early success spurred Paramount to date the forthcoming sequel for 2016, even before certain cast members and a director were locked in to participate. The sequel will see the return of Michael Bay to the role of producer, with screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec writing the script.
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