Heroes in mo-cap, CG power! After a few days of Megan Fox on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the stars of the film have finally surfaced from the sewer. Actors Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) have been spotted on the set of the Jonathan Liebesman film in full motion-capture garb.
Of course, we’ve all seen what motion capture suits look like before, but there are a few subtle differences here. First, the motion capture is being done outside and not on a closed set; that’s a technique that was revolutionized on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Second, each actor has a massive mo-cap shell on their back. And third, they’re all sporting arm bands to corrospond to their character’s color.
But wait there’s more! The photos also reveal our first look at what is seems to be Shredder’s Foot Soldiers, and even a major plot point.
Update: Deadline adds that William Fichtner has joined the cast, playing an unidentified lead role “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”
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The biggest “of course” news of the day comes from the set of the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. At one point the film was going to be called Ninja Turtles, but script issues (and just a dose of Internet venom) delayed the film and changed some key elements. One of those changes is the title, which thanks to the set photo above, we can now resume discussing under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Also, though Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil wasn’t wearing her trademark yellow on set earlier in the week, that has since been amended. Check out the images below. Read More »
She’s not yet wearing a yellow jumpsuit, but Megan Fox does look like an intrepid news reporter in the latest set photos from Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fox is currently in New York City filming her role as April O’Neil, news reporter for Channel 6 News.
UPDATE: Will Arnett‘s role has also been revealed. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Michael Bay faced massive backlash last year when he revealed plans to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for Jonathan Liebesman‘s upcoming reboot. So much so that he had to follow up a few days later with a statement telling fans to “take a breath, and chill.” Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman defended the decision, describing Bay and Liebesman’s approach to press as “AWESOME,” and Paramount seemed on board with the change as well, dropping the “Teenage Mutant” from the title.
Behind the scenes, however, it appears that the team’s quietly had a change of heart. Producer Bay is now saying that the turtles are not aliens after all. In fact, he has no idea where you even got that absurd notion. Hit the jump to read his statement.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a new mentor. The live-action/CG hybrid film being produced now by Platinum Dunes and Michael Bay, and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, has cast Danny Woodburn as the mutated rat Splinter. The actor will likely do the role as a full motion-capture performance, in the same way the turtles are being created.
The rat acts as caregiver to the four mutated titular turtles, and teaches them martial arts, strategy, and (in most cases) discipline. You know Woodburn from a huge variety of roles on projects as diverse as Seinfeld, Mirror Mirror, Death to Smoochy, Bones, Crash & Bernstein, and Watchmen. Read More »
Alan Ritchson promises Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is better than people think. The actor, who is playing Raphael in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed film, told The Hollywood Reporter ”everything you read online” about the film “is wrong.” He said “people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong,” then promised “it’s gonna look way better than anyone can imagine.” Watch the interview below. Read More »
I think it’s safe to say that the casting of the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has met with less than glowing response so far. Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil, and Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher are announced as the physical actors who will mo-cap the four turtles.
Now there’s a new talent in the mix, as Will Arnett has been announced as part of the cast. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Though Leonardo is generally considered the leader of the gang, Raphael was the first Turtle cast last week when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actor Alan Ritchson boarded director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot last week.
But apparently the rest of the group weren’t too far behind. Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher have just been cast as Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respecitvely. The roles will be portrayed via motion capture. Hit the jump for more info.
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