Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles' Casts Leonardo, Donatello & Michelangelo

March 25, 2013

Pete Ploszek / Jeremy Howard / Noel Fisher

Last Friday, word came out that "Smallville" star Alan Ritchson had been cast as the hot-headed Raphael in Jonathan Liebesman's upcoming Ninja Turtles reboot, joining Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Today, Deadline discovered who will be playing the remaining trio of alien heroes, and they're not any more recognizable than Ritchson: Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will take the role of Michaelangelo, and each will wear motion capture suits similar to what the James Cameron outfitted his actors with in Avatar. Find out more about this young trio below. Read on!

OK, so let's run down what we know about these actors so far. Pete Ploszek had a tiny role as a rich, well-connected intern on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" when Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) was working in Washington, DC, and the only other acting credit on his IMDB page is as the character of "Goff" in Showtime series "Shameless." Jeremy Howard has a lot more acting experience, appearing in small parts in 40 TV series and films so far, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas and "Breaking Bad." Noel Fisher is the most experienced of them all with 55 credits to his name, doing work on "Shameless" but more importantly starring in Liebesman's Battle: Los Angeles, which seems like a pretty good connection considering the same director is helming this movie.

Because these guys are all relatively unknown, it's tougher than normal to speculate about whether or not they're right for their respective roles. Aside from Fox being cast as April O'Neil (which I don't think is nearly the tragedy fans are making it out to be), we're still not expecting much from this new take on the series that removes the "TM" from "TMNT." Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company is producing Ninja Turtles for Paramount Pictures, which has set a June 6th, 2014 release date for this reboot, putting it up against Gareth Edwards' Godzilla remake at the box office next summer.

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  • OfficialJab
    For voices and action? Shouldn't they mocap Ray Park and Tony Jaa or something?
    • cantstandjello
      yes good idea. i have no interest in seeing this at all.
  • They look like they would play Power Rangers...
  • Spirre
    So no suits anymore? All CG now?
    • ColtNoir
      sounds like it...fuck Bay
  • Spirre
    And I don't really like that the gu shooting the dog in Red will play Michelangelo... :/
  • they should have cast my buddy Swoozie as Mikey or Donnie. he's hilarious, in shape and knows the people making it. Super lame.
  • Does anyone remember when the Ninja Turtles were actually cool?
    • If your answer falls anywhere within the last 20 years, you're probably wrong.
      • The old turtles were cool with the comic books , cartoons and video games , they just don't have that spark or magic anymore
      • Warboss74
        Depends on what you're getting at as cool. The Turtles have maintained a strong presence for almost 30 years. The 2003 show lasted 7 seasons and 156 episodes before Laird sold the property to Viacom in 2009. (1987 show lasted 10 seasons 193 episodes) The new Nick show has been wildly successful and is guaranteed at least 3 seasons and 78 episodes before completing it's first season. The 2007 film was a success at the box office grossing $96 M on a $34 M budget. There was a sequel in the works before the sale of the property in 2009. Unless you're specifically mentioning the Mirage comics, which I don't think fits because that ran from 1984-1995 through Mirage, 1996-1999 through Image, and 2001-2010 through Mirage. The 2011 IDW comic reboot has consistently been one of the top selling books that isn't put out by Marvel/DC. It comes down to what you mean by cool?
  • Skip, change channel , etc
  • Cody W
    Boycott Bay and go see Godzilla next summer.
  • Jeff Metzger
    This movie has suckage written all over it
  • That Noel Fisher kid was pretty good in The Booth At The End. Reminds me of Aaron Paul, who now I think about it would have been a GREAT Raphael. Donald Glover would have been a good Donatello too.
  • Trio? There are 4 ninja turtles.




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