Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo have finally been cast in Ninja Turtles, producer Michael Bay's reboot of the franchise, and its not Corey Feldman, the Workaholics, or any of the other original cast members. Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles; Wrath of the Titans) has instead decided to go with a cast of relative unknowns.
Pete Ploszek, who only has two credits to his name with bit parts on Showtime's Shameless and NBC's Parks and Recreation, has been hired to play Leonardo, the blue masked katana expert of the group. He is the oldest turtle, and considered the leader.
Jeremy Howard has signed on as Donatello, the scientist and smartest of the turtles, a role originated by Corey Feldman. Don wears a purple mask and is a master of the bo staff. He is the least violent of the turtles and likes to use his brain rather than his fists in a conflict. Jeremy Howard played Sketchy on Breaking Bad and has a lot of one-off TV credits to his name.
Finally, Noel Fisher will play Michelangelo, the orange-masked master of the nunchaku. He is the most free-spirited of the turtles, and serves as the comic relief. He has a punchline for every occasion, and is most prone to spouting catchphrases like the classic "Cowabunga" and the newer "Booyakasha". He is also the most likely to order pizza when it comes time for dinner. Noel Fisher is the most known of the new quartet, with a recurring role on Showtime's Shameless, a main role in the mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, and a supporting role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Alan Ritchson (Aquaman on Smallville) was announced as Raphael last week. The characters will be motion-capture and carry the traits of their actors. It is not known if this quartet is trained in martial arts and their respective weaponry.
Megan Fox was the first to be cast, but it is not known if she will be playing TV reporter April O'Neil, a role originated by Judith Hoag in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The role has also been played by Paige Turco in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar in the 2007 animated reboot TMNT. The character is currently portrayed by Mae Whitman of Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World on the 2012 animated reboot.
What do you think about this casting line-up? Are you disappointed that none of the original turtles are returning?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released August 8th, 2014 and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville, Jeremy Howard. The film is directed by Jonathan Liebesman.