Mutant turtles are back to fight a hog and a rhino
THE heroes in a half shell are back with a trailer for their new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows.
The four humanoid turtle fighters, who appeared in last year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are once more up against their nemesis, Shredder, the leader of the mysterious Foot Clan.
Since its debut on Dec 9, the action-packed trailer has chalked up more than 13.2 million views on YouTube. The original flick made US$493 million (S$694 million) globally, according to Box Office Mojo.
But as with many sequels, there are more villains for the wise-cracking, pizza-loving heroes to contend with in their new movie.
For starters, there's Bebop (a mutant warthog) and Rocksteady (a mutant rhino), the bumbling duo from the 1980s comics and cartoons the movie is based on - and big fan favourites.
Then there is an invasion by what could be aliens, with huge blockish objects falling out from the sky. Turtles loremasters are speculating that the attack could be linked to a certain cross-dimensional antagonist from the cartoons.
On the side of the Turtles, Megan Fox of Transformers (2007) fame returns as reporter April O'Neil and it seems she'll get eye candy moments once again. Funnyman Will Arnett from Arrested Development reprises his role as April's colleague, Vern Fenwick.
Green Arrow's Stephen Amell joins the cast as masked vigilante Casey Jones and could be a love interest of April, if this version of Casey is anything like his past incarnations. Another new entrant is three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney who will play a police chief and a potential ally of the Turtles.
Brian Tee from drama series Chicago Med stars as Shredder, replacing Tohoru Masamune.
Love him or hate him, Michael Bay (Transformers, 2007), known for his explosions, returns as a producer for the movie. And, yes, things go kaboom in the trailer.
However, Dave Green (Earth To Echo, 2014) takes on directorial duties on the set.
The new Turtles film is set to open in the United States on June 3 next year.