William Fichtner Confirms Shredder Role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


William Fichtner wants you to know who he’s playing in the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was announced in May that the veteran actor had joined the cast, but his role wasn’t made public. However, in a new interview with HuffPost TV Canada about his upcoming NBC series Crossing Lines and films like Elysium and The Lone Ranger, Fichtner confirmed suspicions about his part.

“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.’ [Laughs] 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.”

Fichtner faces off against Megan Fox as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo and Noel Fisher as Michelangelo in the adaptation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s 80s indie comic book that spawned a cartoon, film and toy empire. The Jonathan Liebesman-directed endeavor also stars Whoopi Goldberg, Will Arnett, Abby Elliott and Danny Woodburn. The film opens June 6, 2014.

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  • Andy

    I can totally back this.

  • dekko

    I love Fichtner as an actor, but …. isn’t Shredder Japanese? What other revisions are being made to the origin story now?

  • ATK

    No offense to Mr. Fichtner but shredder is japanese and named Oroku Saki, I’m sure he’ll do great in the roll but is this yet more evidence of Michael Bays attempts to change the origin or was shredder secretly adopted and they changed his name from Bob Thompson because it didn’t sound particularly Japanese? I imagine the shredder will never remove his mask, at least that my hope. Micheal Bay does realize he can just rip off the idea of turtles and change it into something completely different rather than dragging the actual property thru the mud right? I hope it ends up being good but I grew up on this stuff and (despite the horrible theme music) I even enjoy the new series on Nick but please Michael for the love of god, put more explosions and tits into the movie, obviously their will not be enough so i’m telling you this now as to save you the shame of the opening weekend plundge into mediocraty. Wait…forgot who i was talking to for a sec.