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Michael Bay Confirms Megan Fox is Cast in Liebesman's 'Ninja Turtles'

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February 22, 2013
Source: Bay, Variety

April O'Neil / Megan Fox

Time to call all the nerds. After a very public "break-up" between director Michael Bay and actress Megan Fox after working on a few Transformers movies, the two seem to be getting along again. Last night, Bay posted a message on his own official website stating nothing but "TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!" So there you go, straight from the horse's mouth, Megan Fox is going to be starring in Ninja Turtles, the new TMNT movie due 2014 being directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Is she going to play April O'Neil? Will that character even be in it? According to Variety, it sounds like she really is playing April.

Another follow-up confirmation from Variety states that Megan Fox will be starring as April O'Neil in this newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is developing the live-action TMNT, with Jonathan Liebesman (The Killing Room, Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) set to direct from a screenplay that has had numerous revisions recently. No other roles have been cast yet, but the April character was a coveted role, and Variety says they talked to other talented actresses like Jane Levy, Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Olsen before settling on Megan Fox. We expect casting to continue as they aim to start production sometime soon, since the movie still has the May 2014 release date from Paramount.

So Megan Fox as intrepid reporter and Turtles' friend April O'Neil? Come on, that is like a nerd's wet dream. While everything about this sounds like it could be troubled, I'm actually excited for it. I'm a big Turtles fan and I'm want them to go all out with it. I just hope they don't screw up the costumes or other details. We'll continue to keep watch for news related to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even if you're not excited yet.

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Reader Feedback - 38 Comments

1

Costumes?! I would think they'd be using motion capture and completely CG turtles...

Matt Peloquin on Feb 22, 2013

2

Fuck you Michael Bay, fuck you.

MKultra on Feb 22, 2013

3

I think its a good cast everybody hating on it

mike on Feb 22, 2013

4

I dug the choice of Liebesman (both the horrible Wrath... and the great TCM; The Beginning was respectful to hat it followed so I dig him and ho he thinks). And Megan Fox seems lika a cool choice to - if she gets to act a bit more than just showing tits bursting through the yellow jumpsuit.

ryderup on Feb 22, 2013

5

you pass up Jane Levy and Anna Kendrick for this...fuck off

ColtNoir on Feb 22, 2013

6

Jane looks nice but I'd go for Anna, she looks more like April.

Ryan Clemens on Feb 23, 2013

7

I think Fox gets a bad rap. In my opinion, she's improved significantly since the first Transformers. It is an odd choice for Bay though, considering how publicly disliked she was in those movies anyways.

OfficialJab on Feb 22, 2013

8

It appears that there are few directors left that will cast Fox in any type of significant role. It must be killing her that she has to work for this clown again, considering the comments she has made about him previously.

racquetman on Feb 22, 2013

9

So Michael Bay got her written off of TF3 because they didn't get along and then he hires he for another movie.... wtf?

Fidel Reyes on Feb 22, 2013

10

Stop all this goddamn Hollywood jargin! Its painfully obvious that Meg had to hop back onto the directors couch..

Big Boss on Feb 22, 2013

11

Aaaand there goes the last glimmer of desire I had to see this. Maybe I'm just jaded after so many disappointing films trying to cash in on my childhood, but I'm done giving my money to filmmakers who seem to miss the point completely. The only way casting Fox even remotely works is if April O'Neil is literally just a set of tits in a yellow jumpsuit, because she's not the actress to go to if you want an actual performance or any kind of depth.

fungusmonkey on Feb 22, 2013

12

More like a nerd's wet nightmare.

DRM on Feb 22, 2013

13

He should cast Shia LaBeouf as Casey Jones. Am I right?

Bike May on Feb 22, 2013

14

And Jon Turturro as Baxter Stockman.

lewinston on Feb 22, 2013

15

No. ಠ_ಠ

LosZombies on Feb 22, 2013

16

Bets on whether or not April O'Neil dies in the first 30 minutes?

emagsamurai on Feb 22, 2013

17

PLEASE

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

18

But but but SHE SUCKS AT ACTING!

Chris Amaya on Feb 22, 2013

19

People complaining about casting her, but you will all be first in line for the movie. And that is what it is all about.

AJ on Feb 22, 2013

20

First in line? I wouldn't pay a cent to watch this junk in a theater. I don't see this movie having any sort of broad appeal as you seem to be claiming.

racquetman on Feb 22, 2013

21

I was going to see this but when I heard Megan Fox instant no for me. Michael Bay has killed this movie officially with casting Fox.

Christopher P Sullivan on Feb 23, 2013

22

AJ you're probably just a bored cynic. It's cool though, I was also cynical before I started doing good things for my life. Maybe you should take up crafting.

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

23

Megan Fox is 'hot' an all....but I was never a big Nnja Turtles fanboy, I got out of it at an earlier age than most of the other stuff I loved as a kid. I have very little interest in this movie and don't expect it to be very good.

Chris Groves on Feb 22, 2013

24

I don't think she's hot at all really.

Ryan Clemens on Feb 23, 2013

25

Each to his own. She wouldn't be in my top 5 or anything...but she is far above the typical girl.

Chris Groves on Feb 23, 2013

26

She's walking sex. I hope that some "typical" girl is as forgiving of your statement as you are of how nasty this hoe is.

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

27

I'm just talking physically, she's attractive. That's not EVERYTHING that makes a girl. To be honest, Megan Fox seems fairly dumb and rather stuck up most of the time, that's not cool. But to look at her various modeling pictures and say she looks 'nasty' is a bit much. And yes, her body IS better than the average girl...that doesn't mean she's a better person, or a good actress, or anything like that.

Chris Groves on Feb 28, 2013

28

She's walking sex. I hope that some "typical" girl is as forgiving of your statement as you are of how nasty this hoe is.

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

29

"Hi I am an ass and a set of tits, can I has role in movie?"

Brian Sleider on Feb 22, 2013

30

somebody please pull the plug on this heaping pile of garbage.

tmntfan on Feb 22, 2013

31

They should have saved this announcement for April 1st... At least we still have the 86 Transformers movie and 90s turtle movie.

SV7 on Feb 22, 2013

32

The 90's Turtles movies were the best. I still watch them and now that I have a child, she digs them too. I gotta make sure to tell her this movie is blasphemy.

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

33

Mutant turtles. Mutant thumbs. I see what they're going for.

castingcouch on Feb 22, 2013

34

Well, guess I won't be watching that movie!

Chris Giebler on Feb 22, 2013

35

Drew barrymore would be my first pick.. But what do I know? Maybe they can't afford her. Times are getting tight. Cutting cost having to go the cheap route. Not looking at the ending payout

Bruce w lynch jr on Feb 22, 2013

36

I don't think I could want this movie to not happen any more that I do right now.

福 赐 天上 on Feb 22, 2013

37

Really you think this is going to be good this is no nerd I don't need to be guineas to know this will blows donkeys I give animated version credit they tried even if newer animated movie sucks they tried. Bay only seems to know explasions and makeing ppl uncomfortable. Liebesman his name says lie in it which means zero to no effort will be put into this they still haven't fixed suposed ailien crap. You want to know why fox is april everyone else knew better then tp get omvolved in this gigantic elephant pool that nothing good will happen with. No nerds or gees wont be there wet dream as they miss old chessy turtles I do to I know its bad but its the kinda bad you can't help but love in 80's cartoons. The movie is going to blow.

Crowther Amanda-Beth on Feb 25, 2013

38

I HATE YOU MICHAEL BAY! YOU KILL THE DREAMS OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN THAT LOVED THE NINJA TURTLES. THEY'RE GONNA FUCK THIS UP SO BAD. HATE YOU. HATE YOU SO MUCH.

spazmaster on Feb 27, 2013

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