Yesterday saw the first bit of news in a long time regarding director Jonathan “Clash of the Titans” Liebesmann and producer Michael “I EXPLODE YOUR FACE!” Bay’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Ninja Turtles, that didn’t end with the internet cleaved in twain. That news was the casting of Alan Ritchson, whose previous biggest claim to fame was playing Arthur “Aquaman” Curry on Smallville, as the wise cracking Raphael.
Since Ol’ Fish Boy is usually the brunt of bad jokes, this was probably a step up for him. And now we know the identities of the 3 other guys that you maybe sort of remember seeing in that thing with the guy and girl once, who will be taking that step with him.
According to Deadline, joining Ritchson will be Noel Fisher (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Hatfields & McCoys) as goofball Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard (Galaxy Quest) as brainy Donatello and Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) as leader Leonardo. Those character descriptions are of course based on just my knowledge of the original 80’s cartoon and comic book. For all we know, this new version will have something radically different, like, oh I don’t know, making them all aliens!
Also, if you are worried about how none of those actors have even the slightest resemblance to a mutated green amphibian, then calm your fretting mind as they will be serving as the motion capture actors for the fully CG turtles, Avatar style, meaning that they will be able to impart a lot more of their personality and performance into their reptilian counterpart than the old latex suits worn by the actors in the 90’s live action movies.
And while I may have initially joked about this, some of these castings are actually not too bad to do just that. Yes, these are not household names, but they could prove themselves decent. Ritchson, for example, showed on Blue Mountain State that he has exactly the type of comedy chops that could make Raphael work, while Fisher had a strong dramatic turn on Hatfields & McCoys, and… er… and… Actually, I don’t know those other guys at all.
These men of mystery will be of course be joined by the previously announced Megan Fox, who will be taking on the role of reporter April O’Neil, toethumb be damned! Ninja Turtles is set for release on June 6, 2014.
Last Updated: March 26, 2013