UPDATE 3/31/2015 6:00 PM PT: Stephen Amell has confirmed the role -- and his enthusiasm for it -- via Twitter:
- Stephen Amell (@amellywood) April 1, 2015
Stephen Amell will soon play another masked vigilante from comic book lore, according to Variety. The outlet reported Tuesday afternoon that the "Arrow" star has been cast in 2016's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" as Casey Jones, a popular supporting character in nearly every incarnation of the franchise.
Paramount declined comment on Variety's report. It's said that he secured the role due to his chemistry with Megan Fox, who returns as April O'Neil in the forthcoming sequel. Will Arnett is also slated to return, as Vern Fenwick.
Casey Jones -- a hockey mask-wearing crime fighter armed with various sporting goods used as weapons -- first appeared in 1985's "Raphael" #1, by franchise co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The character was played by Elias Koteas in the first and third "Turtles" films, and voices by Marvel Studios' Captain America, Chris Evans, in the 2007 animated feature.
Directed by franchise newcomer David Green,"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" is scheduled for release on June 3, 2016. Its predecessor, the first live-action "Ninja Turtles" film in more than two decades, was released last summer and earned $485 million in worldwide box office.