The other day we got a look at the actors playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all suited up in motion capture suits on set. Today there’s a video to go along with it. The TMNT foursome has been captured by Shredder’s Foot Clan, who are frog marching (I tried Turtle marching, but it just doesn’t have that same zing as Frog) them somewhere, most likely to face Shredder.
Jonathan Liebesman is directing the film, based on the comic book characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Megan Fox stars as April O’Neil, Alan Ritchsonas Raphael, Jeremy Howard as Donatello, Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick, Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, and William Fightner, although not officially announced, is expected to play Shredder.
As TMNT fans the world over enjoy the unique warm feeling that comes from slowly-building nerd rage, the Film That Should Not Be has cast yet another role:
That’s Danny Woodburn, known to mundanes for recurring roles on Seinfeld and Bones, and to nerddom for an excellent cameo as diminutive crime boss and Rorschach nemesis Big Figure in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen (he was also in one of my favorite movies of all time: Death To Smoochy). Woodburn will be portraying Master Splinter, according to The Hollywood Reporter, shattering my hopes that they’d make the Turtles’ rodent mentor tall and badass like in the new Nickelodeon series. In any case, he’s too good for this crap sandwich – kinda like how John Turturro was too good for the Transformers films.
In other Bayturtles news, Alan Ritchson, the reboot’s new Raphael, had some words for (again) THR regarding the experience of making this….well, “contentious” film:
“We are shooting. It’s been an interesting process, this live-action-motion-capture thing. There’s just a lot of technology involved so there’s some kinks to work out. So we’ve had some trial runs, we’ve started shooting some. We’re also in this phase right now that is sort of developmental….We’re learning a lot of the fight choreography. We’ve got these unbelievable stunt trainers that work us every day to the bone. It’s been a great process. We’ll pick back up with principal photography soon.”
And there’s more: Apparently he’s distressed by the reputation his movie has already earned itself on the internet…y’know, due to articles like this one:
“The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputation, this movie that hasn’t come out yet. I think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong and it’s frustrating because you want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is. It’s so much better than people think and it’s going to look way better than anybody can imagine. I can’t wait for people to see this. I think it’s going to live up to and exceed everybody’s boyhood dreams of being a Ninja Turtle. I grew up with it too and I want to see it come to life in the best way possible.”
In other words: Everything I’m telling you, and every other writer on pretty much every website like this has been telling you, is wrong….and I’ve wasted both your time and my own by writing this.
Here’s Ritchson’s full interview with THR, in case you have a yen to see and hear him explain why I don’t know what I’m talking about.
Last week it was reported that the casting of the actual Turtles in Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (In Name Only) reboot, Ninja Turtles, had begun being cast. First out of the gate was Alan Ritchson, well-known for having played Aquaman on Smallville, who has been cast as Raphael, and today Deadline broke the news about who will be joining Ritchson, along with Megan Fox as April O’Neil, as the remaining three turtles.
So who do we have? Glad you asked. Being welcome to the cast of TMNT-ino this morning is Pete Ploszek (Parks And Recreation, Shameless) who will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (Galaxy Quest) who will put on purple for Donatello, and Noel Fisher (Battle: Los Angeles) who will pick up a pair of nunchucks as Michelangelo. The turtles in this film will be motion-captured a la Avatar or Gollum as opposed to the rubber suits of the original TMNT live-action film series. Deadline added that we should expecting the casting announcement for Shredder sooner rather than later.
Ninja Turtles is being produced by Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath Of The Titans). The film is currently scheduled to be released on June 6th, 2014 and is expected to into production sometime in the next couple of months.
I know what you’re thinking: is it too late to stop this thing? Time will tell.
The horror that is Micheal Bay‘s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to haunt the nightmare’s of TMNT fans everywhere, but the latest news out of the production is actually pretty good news. Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games, Smalleville as Aquaman), has been cast as Raphael, the red bandana mask wearing, sai welding ninja turtle.
At least Ritchson won’t have to wear some bulky rubber suit, he’ll be doing performance motion capture and voice overs, much like the Hulk or Planet of the Apes characters. One can only hope that if Warner Brothers ever gets their act together on a Justice League movie, that Ritchson will still be available to play theKing of the Sea.
This casting has been the only ray of hope for this NerdBastard. The reboot is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman. I’ve got mixed feelings about his past work, I did like Battle Los Angeles, but the same guy brought us Darkness Falls, the story of:
A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.
Yeah, the tooth fairy gone bad. I’d rather watch the Rock’s Tooth Fairy, both versions are horrible horror stories.
What other actors do you think should fill out the cast? We’ve already talked about Megan Fox‘s casting as April. Who might play the other turtles and their Sensi Splinter? There is still the villains to cast as well, Shredder, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady.
TMNT is scheduled to hit theaters on June 6th, 2014.
Lionsgate has released a (slightly) spiffy animated poster for it’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. It was unlocked by HG fans on Facebook. Apparently, if you creep FB long enough, you get an animated logo for a teaser of a teaser of a trailer of a trailer…
OMG guys, it’s a logo, let’s check it out right fucking now!
As we wait for the piece of casting news we all really want, the identity of the actor who will bring Finnick Odair to life in The Hunger Games sequelCatching Fire, Lionsgate gives us another minor bit of casting news, but one that should catch the attention of the nerdy amongst us.
Actor Alan Ritchson has been cast as Gloss, a career tribute from District 1 and former victor who’s recruited for the all-star, 75th edition of the Hunger Games, which are central to the plot of Catching Fire. If you recognize Ritchson then you might be a fan of Smallville. Ritchson appeared regularly as the young Arthur Curry/Aquaman, one of Clark Kent’s first superhero allies.
Here’s the press release from Lionsgate:
Santa Monica, CA, August 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Alan Ritchson has been cast in the role of Gloss in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A former Career tribute from District , Gloss and his sister Cashmere are both competing in the Quarter Quell.
Ritchson most recently starred in the CBS comedy pilot SUPER FUN NIGHT with Rebel Wilson, and BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE, which aired on Spike TV for three seasons.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Ritchson will join returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Donald Sutherland, along with fellow newcomers Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Meta Golding, Patrick St. Esprit and Toby Jones, when Catching Fire starts shooting later this fall.
How about it, Bastards? Catching a fever for Catching Fire yet?