William Fichtner Taking 'Iconic' Role in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
by Ethan Anderton
May 10, 2013
Even though production of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is underway in New York City right now with Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, and Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, with Megan Fox playing their trusty reporter friend April O'Neil, there's still roles to be cast. Will Arnett landed an unknown role, but set photos have since revealed that he's playing O'Neil's cameraman Vernon Fenwick. Now Deadline reports William Fichtner (Armageddon, The Dark Knight, The Lone Ranger) has landed a role that is said to have "iconic stature" in the TMNT mythology. Read on!
There are a few options that immediately come to mind. First of all, no one has been cast as the arch nemesis Shredder yet. And while the villain is Japanese in the comics, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case in the film version. Fichtner would make one hell of a Shredder. But the actor's features also make him a decent choice for a grizzled Casey Jones. However, he might be a little too old for that role considering Jones is usually around the same age as April O'Neil. But again, not a hard obstacle to overcome. Digging deeper into the mythology, it would be cool if Fichtner was playing Baxter Stockman, a character we once envisioned for Arnett when his casting was announced.
There's a lot of eyes on this project after the debacle surrounding the turtles' origin in the film, which Michael Bay says is not alien anymore. Plus, with strange casting choices like Danny Woodburn as Splinter, and a director like Jonathan Liebesman on board (who has directed Clash of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles), we're really not sure what to expect. But we're hoping for the best since it's been far too long since there was a cool live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. And this new motion capture approach to the characters should be pretty impressive. Thoughts?