Arrow's Stephen Amell on the 'origin story' of Casey Jones in TMNT 2

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Jan 11, 2016, 5:59 PM EST (Updated)

Stephen Amell has traded his bow and arrow for a hockey stick, as he’s set to co-star as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. So, what can we expect from Amell’s other vigilante alter ego?

The actor chatted with Screen Rant about the film, and how they’re interpreting Casey Jones in this modern-day reboot of the franchise. Producer Andrew Form noted they actually wanted to bring Casey into the fold in the first movie (along with several other characters and plots eventually trimmed out), though they felt he’d be a better fit once the Turtles and April were established.

Amell noted that the Casey we meet in this film is very much in the early days of his vigilante career, so we’ll get to see his evolution as his encounter with the Turtle gang starts to change his motivations and how he sees the world. Check out an excerpt below:

"Just from looking at my appearance-as opposed to what comic book fans have come to expect from Casey Jones-we are meeting Casey in this movie at a very different point. The Casey that we met in the previous live-action films was a finished product. I'm doing a completely different job (at this point in the story) than I am by the end of the movie. So, I like it because it's very much an origin story for my character. It's certainly not the centerpiece of the movie. But for me personally, I like finding a character in a phase of discovery.

(He's introduced) through all kinds of wonderful scenes and great action and adventure. He represents something that is a part of the Turtles, in terms of the vigilante status of their life. In terms of a character also trying to find his path and his way. We had, in early drafts of the first movie, explored the Casey Jones character and then we let him go from the idea of the first movie. We always had it in our craw to have the Casey Jones character be part of the Turtles franchise, and this movie is the right way to introduce him into their world."

Say what you will about the new-look Ninja Turtles, but casting Amell is a spot-on move that should provide some fun moments. The first trailer also finds the original film’s more dour style benched for a cartoony take on the franchise more in line with the beloved animated series. Expectations are low, so who knows, maybe this won’t be so bad?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows opens June 3, 2016.

(Via Screen Rant)