William Fichtner Confirmed As Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

William Fichtner

When it was announced back in May that William Fichtner would play "a lead with iconic stature" in the forthcoming Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, it was widely speculated that he would be playing Shredder, the nemesis of the Turtles. Turns out that was correct. Fichtner confirmed this in an interview with HuffPost Canada TV (via Comingsoon).

"I play Shredder," Fichtner said. "It is cool. It's one of those things that came along where I thought, 'Really? Let me think about this for a minute.' Then I was like, 'Yeah, OK, this sounds like a journey.' I'm very glad that it worked out, I'm really glad that I'm doing it."

And a journey it will be if the movie turns out to be a success because he will most likely be asked to return for the subsequent sequels. Whether or not it'll succeed will depend largely on its overseas box office, I suspect.

The movie, directed by Wrath of the Titans' Jonathan Liebesman, is currently in production with Megan Fox playing April O'Neil and Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Pete Ploszek playing the mo-capped Turtles, which will no longer be aliens as first reported.

Paramount has slated the movie for release on June 6, 2014.

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