The Turtles have been found!

The Turtles have been found!

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.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.