After a successful theatrical reboot with 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the heroes in a half-shell are returning to save their beloved city in this summer's follow-up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Just a few weeks after the second trailer debuted, Paramount Pictures has unveiled a third trailer, which highlights these turtles' skills, along with showcasing new footage. This sneak peek also features April O'Neil (Megan Fox) warning Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) that these turtles hit harder than anyone, while Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) doesn't exactly appreciate Mikey's (Noel Fisher) mohawk joke.
After super villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang. Portlandia star Fred Armisen has come aboard to voice Krang, joining a stellar cast, although we don't see him in this new trailer from the TMNT Movie YouTube page.
Alan Ritchson (Raphael), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo), Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) and Jeremy Howard (Donatello) all return to reprise their roles as the Turtles, along with original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox (April O'Neill), Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick) and William Fichtner (Eric Sacks). Tyler Perry has come aboard to play Baxter Stockman, alongside Brian Tee as Shredder and Brittany Ishibashi as Karai. Laura Linney also joins the cast as a law enforcement officer.
Dave Green directs from a script by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum. The screenwriters also wrote last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which took in $485 million worldwide from a $125 million budget. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is slated for release on June 3, putting it up against Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Stopping. It's possible that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 could put up even bigger numbers than its predecessor this summer, but we'll have to wait and see.
One reason why the sequel could out-gross 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the debut of several fan-favorite characters from both the original comics and the animated series. The additions of Casey Jones, Baxter Stockman, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady could strike a nostalgic chord with fans of the comics and cartoon series, resulting in bigger grosses at the box office. While we wait for more details on this upcoming sequel, check out the new trailer below.