William Fichtner Confirms He’ll Play Shredder in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

     June 24, 2013


Now I have at least a little reason to care about Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  We previously reported that Fichtner had joined the film, and was playing a character “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”  The assumption was that he would be playing Shredder, and now Fichtner has confirmed that he has taken on the part of the Turtles’ longtime nemesis.  Speaking to Huffpost TV Canada [via JoBlo], Fichtner said, “I play Shredder.  It is cool. It’s one of those things that came along where I thought, ‘Really? Let me think about this for a minute.’ [Laughs] Then I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.’ I’m very glad that it worked out, I’m really glad that I’m doing it.”  Fichtner may not be a household name, but he’s a great addition to any movie, and I’m interested to see what he’ll do with the role.

Produced by Michael Bay, the film also stars Megan Fox and Will ArnettTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens June 6, 2014.

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  • beetleborg33

    I have mixed feelings towards this because I love this guy as villains and he is a good actor. But when you think of Shredder you think menacing, deadly, vicious, enforcer, and a man that can strike fear into. Also Shredder is a good acrobat and fighter, Fitchtner looks like he can barely lift up a bagel. But I got hope that Fitchtner can keep the sheer force of the shredder alive not just vocally but physically too If I could’ve cast Shredder in this movie I would’ve choose Hiroyuki Sanada

    • Lex Walker

      Sanada would have been great.

  • Randika

    Shredder is not a household name
    hello Prison Break

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  • Romsy

    Yup, he sure looks like a Japanese man named Oroku Saki to me. Oh, wait, no he doesn’t. Hooray Hollywood White Washing!

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I thought Shredder was supposed to be Japanese…this movie is doomed.

    Don’t get me wrong, William Fichtner is a great actor and not only will he play Shredder well (like he plays all his characters well), he’ll probably be the best part of the movie. But that still doesn’t make up for the fact that they are messing with a lot of turtles history with their choices in this film. Plus casting Megan Fox in a sizable role guarantees a mediocre film.

    Ah well. Keep doing good work, Fichtner.

  • Steven

    Fichtner is terrific in everything.

    • no

      but not very Japanese ;)

  • ScaredForMovies

    I guess they’re throwing out a lot of the ninja and foot clan mythology. That old script Bay denied, seems like it just might be in play after all. Colonel Shraeder anyone?

  • Jack

    Well, I guess we can add white washing to the list of this movie’s problems

  • tertiaryintervention

    Ugh. What the hell man? First the white midget as Master Splinter, then Toe-Thumbs as April and now Bean Pole Shotgun bank guy as Shredder?

  • OrokuSakiSaysNOOOOOOO

    Shredder is F-ING Japanese!!!!! Instant fail!!! WTF Hollywood!

    Another franchise reboot where they screw around with the origin story! So much for the Japanese back story about Oroku Saki (Shredder) and Splinter then! So instead we have Americans playing 2 characters with Japanese origins, and Megan Fox! Worst casting in a film iv seen in years!

    So…. Fuck this movie! Fuck the film makers involved! And fuck the fanboys who stick up for this shite!

  • Mezmero

    They could have made a better choice but he is good at playing a villain.
    You know this is how most reboots work. I don’t have a lot against this
    Movie I hope it is action-packed with a new look. So if it is good enough they can have a better sequel. Worth checking out at least. I also would like to see more Megan Fox in those yoga pants!!! She’s got a lot more sexy ass in there!

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