Paramount Pictures has unveiled a series of character posters for the upcoming sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, and depending on how you look at them, the titular reptiles are either suicidal, adrenaline-junkies, or so hungry that they’ve forgotten where to find pizza. Dave Green, the filmmaker behind 2014’s pre-teen-skewing sci-fi film Earth to Echo, steps into the director’s chair this time around, replacing Wrath of the Titans helmer Jonathan Liebesman. Green’s hiring signals that Paramount is aiming for a very specific, more teen-centric audience than trying to grab older fans of the anthropomorphic turtles, and indeed “fun times” seems to be the theme of this sequel according to these posters and the most recent trailer.
Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, who wrote the first movie, scripted this follow-up that finds a number of fan-favorite characters coming into the mix, including Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady. The most notable addition, however, is ally Casey Jones, played by Arrow star Stephen Amell, and I’m curious to see how fans of this new franchise react to these characters, which have long been part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lore.
Take a look at the new posters below, which give each turtle his chance to shine. The film also stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, and Gary Anthony Williams, with Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, and Jeremy Howard reprising their motion-capture roles as the turtles. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens in theaters on June 3rd.
“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS” is the sequel to the 2014 hit film “TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES.” The film is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman and is directed by David Green (“EARTH TO ECHO”). Michael Bay (the “TRANSFORMERS franchise) returns to produce alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (“ TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”), with Galen Walker and Scott Mednick (“TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES”) also producing.
Also returning for the sequel is Megan Fox (“TRANSFORMERS”) as April O’Neil, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as Vernon Fenwick and the Turtles: Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Pete Ploszek at Leonardo, and Jeremy Howard as Donatello. Rounding out the cast is Stephen Amell (“Arrow,”) as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry (“GONE GIRL”, the “MADEA” franchise) as Baxter Stockman, Academy Award nominated actress Laura Linney (“The Big C”, “LOVE ACTUALLY”) as Chief Rebecca Vincent, Brian Tee (“JURASSIC WORLD”) as Shredder, WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly as Rocksteady and Gary Anthony Williams (“THE INTERNSHIP”) as Bebop.