Tyler Perry has been tapped to join the cast of Paramount’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, EW has confirmed, rounding out a cast that includes Arrow lead Stephen Amell and returning stars Megan Fox and Will Arnett.
Perry will play a scientist named Baxter Stockman, a character who made his debut in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book and later appeared in the 2003 and 2012 animated TV series. The character briefly appeared in the 2014 film, but was played by actor K. Todd Freeman.
Details about Perry’s character in director David Green’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 are being kept under wraps.
In his original iteration, Baxter Stockman was a brilliant (if slightly paranoid) African-American inventor who enlisted April O’Neill to help him create a series of combative robots called Mousers. Later versions of the character featured Stockman joining Shredder’s effects to destroy the turtles, thereby effectively becoming an arch enemy of the club-tailed, crime-fighting reptiles.
The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earned $191 million in the U.S. last summer, and went on to take in more than $480 million worldwide.
TMNT2 is Perry’s first film role following his turn as top-notch lawyer Tanner Bolt in 2014’s Gone Girl. The Madea creator-actor, 45, has also had significant success on television, as his OWN drama series If Loving You Is Wrong was renewed for a second season earlier this year.
News of Perry’s role follows Paramount Pictures’ announcement Wednesday that the upcoming sequel will feature Bebop and Rocksteady, two characters that made their first appearance in the 1987 Turtles cartoon.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is currently slated for release in summer 2016.