Last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot divided audiences like no other movie could. On one side, you had true blue Turtle fans screaming about their childhood being ruined when it was announced that Megan Fox was the new April O’Neil in the Michael Bay produced flick, while on the other, true blue Turtle fans who had the forethought to go into the movie without many expectations, who just wanted a fun TMNT movie, wound up pushing the box office total to over $485mil worldwide. With a haul like that, it was no surprise that Paramount announced a sequel days after the release of the film. Production of the sequel is well underway and it looks like a cameo in the flick will please both sides of that Great Divide. Judith Hoag, the original live action April O’Neil, will be appearing in the new Ninja Turtles film.
This one comes from the team over at ComingSoon.net, who managed to snap the following pic on the New York set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2:
Obviously, the photo really doesn’t show us much about the part Hoag, who played April O’Neil in the first Turtles film, will be playing but considering she is in close proximity to Will Arnette’s Vernon Fenwick and Megan Fox’s April O’Neil, plus the smart outfit that she is absolutely rocking, chances are pretty great that she is playing a journalist of some sort. Old school TMNT fans will remember that Hoag played O’Neil in the first Ninja Turtles film but was replaced by Paige Turco for the two subsequent sequels. In other words, Hoag played April in the best Turtles film to date, so her addition to the rebooted world of the reptilian martial art experts will have many cheering, even if it only amounts to moments on the screen.
Hoag joins a cast that is already loaded with returning stars Arnette and Fox, along with newcomers Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman, Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, and Brian Tee, who replaces Tohoru Masamune as big baddie, Shredder. Oh, and, of course, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and the most radical rodent ever, Master Splinter. Rumors have it that we will also see rebooted versions of TMNT foes Rocksteady and BeBop but only time will tell.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 hits theaters June 3, 2016.