Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles' Casts Leonardo, Donatello & Michelangelo
by Ben Pearson
March 25, 2013
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.