A new photo from the New York set of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” arrived Thursday via The Daily Mail, providing not only the first look at the live-action versions of familiar characters Bebop and Rocksteady but also apparently confirming the previously unrevealed casting for the latter villain. Pro wrestler Sheamus — one of WWE’s current biggest stars — is identified in the photo in the role of Rocksteady.
Notably, both Bebop (previously announced as played by Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady both appear in human identities, rather than their more famous forms of a mutated warthog and rhinoceros. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t appear in the film in their recognizable forms — in the ’80s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon that introduced the pair, they first appeared as humans before mutating, leaving open the possibility that something similar may happen in the film.
CBR News has reached out to Paramount for confirmation of Sheamus’ involvement, and has yet to receive a reply as of publication. Born Stephen Farrelly, the former WWE Champion has appeared in small roles in films before, including 2008’s “The Escapist.”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” will be the first live-action appearance of Bebop and Rocksteady, frequently depicted as Shredder’s (played in the film by Brian Tee) loyal but comically inept primary henchmen. Directed by David Green, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” is scheduled for release on June 3, 2016.
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