It was announced in February that Megan Fox had been cast as April O’Neil in the upcoming Jonathan Liebesman directed Ninja Turtles film, now all five major parts have been confirmed with the Raphael casting announcement last week, and the rest following this week.
So in the roles of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael we have Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, and Alan Ritchson respectively.
Fox is clearly the highest profile cast member among the group, and even her profile has been quiet in recent years. But looking to the actors taking on the turtles;
Alan Ritchson is of course the man behind Aquaman in the series ‘Smallville’, since then he’s popped up in ‘Hawaii Five-0’, ‘Blue Mountain State’ and is of course in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.
Pete Ploszek you might know from an episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ or the TV series ‘Shameless’.
Noel Fisher would be recognised by Twilight Fans for his role in ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2’, he’s appeared in several episodes of ‘Shameless’ and worked with Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman previously on the film ‘Battle: LA.’
Jeremy Howard appears to be somewhat an unknown at this point.
Without a high profile cast, no doubt the budget is angled more towards the effects that will be required to bring this version of the Turtles to life, it is planned that the turtles will be put on screen via motion capture and visual effects blended with live action sets, fellow cast members etc.
Despite its earlier problems the new Turtles film appears to be back on track, it’s currently targeting a mid-2014 release date.