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Actor Cast as Raphael in 'Ninja Turtles' Film

Come see who'll play as the red masked turtle!

We know Megan Fox will play as April, now we apparently know who will play as one of the turtles! According to Deadline, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Smallville) will be the most aggressive turtle, Raphael. He won't be strolling around in a suit like the classic films, though. The film directed by Jonathan Liebesman will have CGI turtles. This mean the actors will do performance capture, like Andy Serkis as Gollum/Caeser, or most of the cast in Avatar.

Ninja Turtles is slated to come out June 6, 2014. Here's the plot summary on the IMDB page (I'm aware those aren't always 100%, but it beats a leaked script that everyone says is long gone, yes?):

Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.

Source: Deadline

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Posted by ptigrusmagus

Cool. Who is going to play Mikey?

Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

Meh. Megan Fox as April is still 100% turn off for me.

Posted by Trevel8182

It's Aquaman!

Posted by fables87

I like this choice, but no to Megan Fox still. Who will be the rest of them? Is Casey going to be in it?

Posted by The Stegman

Not bad, not bad at all.

Edited by shackle

We're going to beat the "Megan Fox whining" drum all the way to the premiere, aren't we?

ALL ABOARD THE DISGRUNTLED FANBOY EXPRESS!

Posted by FalconPuuunch

Aliens? Igh.......

Posted by Sammo21

I'm am thoroughly boycotting this movie in its entirety. No reason to see this garbage and since Michael Bay is directing the movie you can bet he'll regard the franchise's roots with 0 respect.

Posted by danhimself

Now that synopsis I can deal with....sounds like the Utroms will invade earth which somehow causes the Turtles to be "born"

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Posted by ccraft

I wonder if this guy could pull of Raphael, I haven't seen him in anything. Is he going to voice act? I was think they could do the turtles in cgi.

Posted by TDK_1997

Actually the plot looks not that bad.

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Posted by iaconpoint

@shackle: Dude, she can't act, and if you defend her just because you think she's "hawt" then that makes YOU the fanboy.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Sammo21 said:

I'm am thoroughly boycotting this movie in its entirety. No reason to see this garbage and since Michael Bay is directing the movie you can bet he'll regard the franchise's roots with 0 respect.

He's not directing.

@ptigrusmagus said:

Cool. Who is going to play Mikey?

No idea. I'll let you know when it's announced, though.

@fables87 said:

I like this choice, but no to Megan Fox still. Who will be the rest of them? Is Casey going to be in it?

Casey was in the old script. However, they claim that script is nothing like the current one. Still, I would be surprised if he isn't in it.

@FalconPuuunch said:

Aliens? Igh.......

We have no idea what their origin will actually be in the film. A lot has seemingly changed since that statement.

@danhimself said:

Now that synopsis I can deal with....sounds like the Utroms will invade earth which somehow causes the Turtles to be "born"

Exactly what I'm thinking.

@ccraft said:

I wonder if this guy could pull of Raphael, I haven't seen him in anything. Is he going to voice act? I was think they could do the turtles in cgi.

Yes, they are CGI. The actors will do performance capture. Read the article, man! :P

@TDK_1997 said:

Actually the plot looks not that bad.

Nice av!

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Posted by shackle

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

Posted by TDK_1997

@k4tzm4n: Thanks!

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Posted by wmwadeii

I have to hear his voice, I don't see him being the bad boy turtle.

Posted by kriminal

the things i look for in a comic book movie

  • fight scenes/special effects- this is where bay shines, like it or not
  • storyline- im scared here. but until i get a trailer im open minded
  • costume- see storyline
  • actors ability to capture characters- i dont judge here until i see the movie. i hated the guy who played hulk in the avengers(terrible with names and dont care to look it up) at first but he did awesome in the movie

i reallllllllllllllllllllllly want this movie to be good we need a ninja turtle movie with quality effects

Posted by danhimself

@shackle said:

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

I don't think anyone had any thoughts that this could be an Oscar worthy movie but it's really not all that big of a thing to ask for a decent actress

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Posted by texasdeathmatch
@Sammo21 said:

I'm am thoroughly boycotting this movie in its entirety. No reason to see this garbage and since Michael Bay is directing the movie you can bet he'll regard the franchise's roots with 0 respect.

Man, the Box Office for this movie is really going to suffer. We should inform the studio about this boycott before they move forward with this movie.
 
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They better bring back Corey Feldman for Donatello.
Posted by Xorion

what can I say? I like seeing megan fox

Posted by SpitfireINK

Now this is Very Good News! - This guy is frickin' hilarious!

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@danhimself said:

@shackle said:

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

I don't think anyone had any thoughts that this could be an Oscar worthy movie but it's really not all that big of a thing to ask for a decent actress

She may, or she may not, be "decent" enough; we don't know, as there has been a single foot of film shot yet, so condemning her performance or suitability for the role already is ridiculous. And I'm sure A-list actresses were knocking down the door for the opportunity to play eye-candy in a film where they are playing second fiddle to CGI characters. As I said, Megan Fox won't make or break the movie, so getting up in arms about her casting is ignorant. It will succeed--or, more than likely, fail--regardless of her involvement; hell, HER character could be CGI and it wouldn't change anything.

Posted by texasdeathmatch

HEY KATZ, WHO'S PLAYING THE REST OF THE CAST? YOU MIGHT BE A WRITER FOR A COMICVINE, BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE HOLDING BACK INFO FROM US

Posted by danhimself

@shackle said:

@danhimself said:

@shackle said:

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

I don't think anyone had any thoughts that this could be an Oscar worthy movie but it's really not all that big of a thing to ask for a decent actress

She may, or she may not, be "decent" enough; we don't know, as there has been a single foot of film shot yet, so condemning her performance or suitability for the role already is ridiculous. And I'm sure A-list actresses were knocking down the door for the opportunity to play eye-candy in a film where they are playing second fiddle to CGI characters. As I said, Megan Fox won't make or break the movie, so getting up in arms about her casting is ignorant. It will succeed--or, more than likely, fail--regardless of her involvement; hell, HER character could be CGI and it wouldn't change anything.

see you calling April "eye-candy" pretty much nails it for me that you know nothing about the character....the TMNT fans don't want "eye-candy" that's never been what the character was and that's ALL Megan Fox has ever played so yes judging her performance based on every other role that she's ever been in is pretty fair

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Posted by GothamRed

Aquaman is Raphael?

Edited by Captain13

I've seen Alan cut his teeth on Smallville, Blue Mountain State, and 90210. He's played some diverse roles on those shows. It's really cool to see actors like him get a shot in the big leagues. Congrats, sir! I hope that you do well in the role!

Also, Megan Fox will prove all of the haters wrong. She was great in the first Transformers and surprise the fans the same way Chris Evans did.

Posted by SimonM7

About Megan Fox.. because that's what the article is about, right? I mean there's a guy and that's Raphael, but Megan Fox yeah?

So, the safe assumption seems to be that Megan Fox is "wrong" for the part, but I think that's an assumption based on her pouty bedroom persona that - for all intents and purposes - every movie she's been in so far has asked of her. She sticks her behind so far up in the air in Transformers 2 that you're worried she's gonna snap in half. That's not "Megan Fox", that's not inherently a trait she'll bring to every movie unless someone asks for it.

The assumption is that Megan Fox *definitely* plays that sort of April, and I think everyone agrees that would be horrible. Now, because I'm a pretty optimistic person and because I love it when actors jump out of their mould and do something unexpected, I'd be interested to see a more subdued and more "naturalistic" Megan Fox in a movie.

Then again, if this Turtles movie is gonna be "dark" and "edgy" you bet it's gonna be "sexy" too. But then Megan Fox isn't the root of the problem, and whoever they cast as April is meant to be folded in four places and put on a motorbike no matter what.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@texasdeathmatch said:

HEY KATZ, WHO'S PLAYING THE REST OF THE CAST? YOU MIGHT BE A WRITER FOR A COMICVINE, BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE HOLDING BACK INFO FROM US

Fine, you've convinced me to leak the secrets:

Chris Evans is Leo, Tracy Morgan is Mikey and Jim Parsons is Donatello.

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am pretty sure he played Aquaman on Smallville

Posted by k4tzm4n

@haydenclaireheroes said:

I am pretty sure he played Aquaman on Smallville

Yup, he did.

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Posted by Fantasgasmic

I give this a resounding "meh."

Posted by shackle

@danhimself: Whatever. It ain't Shakespeare, no matter how convinced you are that it is. Like I said, Megan Fox's role in the film will have a nearly negligible impact on the quality of the film; if you take issue with the level of character development (and I can promise you now it won't be enough to satisfy you) then you have a problem with the writers, not the actors, because it doesn't matter who's playing the part, if the character is undeveloped, there's not a thing an actor can do about that.

Posted by danhimself

@k4tzm4n said:

@texasdeathmatch said:

HEY KATZ, WHO'S PLAYING THE REST OF THE CAST? YOU MIGHT BE A WRITER FOR A COMICVINE, BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE HOLDING BACK INFO FROM US

Fine, you've convinced me to leak the secrets:

Chris Evans is Leo, Tracy Morgan is Mikey and Jim Parsons is Donatello.

dang it now I want to hear Tracy Morgan as a Turtle

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Posted by nerdork

@Xorion said:

what can I say? I like seeing megan fox playing wiffle ball

No worries,

Fixed...

Posted by monopolyloser
Aliens invade Earth and inadvertently spawn a quartet of mutated reptile warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.

This actually gives me some hope from the original statement made that they were aliens themselves. I'm starting to have an open mind to this now. Still though, Megan Fox and Michael Bay makes me cringe though.

Posted by SHANE_SAW

Elisha Cuthbert would have made a much better choice for April.

Posted by frozenedge

@k4tzm4n: Tracey Morgan as Mikey, I'm sold already though I always saw him as being Master Splinter

Posted by Xorion

@nerdork said:

@Xorion said:

what can I say? I like seeing megan fox playing wiffle ball

No worries,

Fixed...

Thank you now I am thinkink about megan fox playing wiffle ball

Posted by iaconpoint

@shackle:

@shackle said:

@danhimself said:

@shackle said:

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

I don't think anyone had any thoughts that this could be an Oscar worthy movie but it's really not all that big of a thing to ask for a decent actress

She may, or she may not, be "decent" enough; we don't know, as there has been a single foot of film shot yet, so condemning her performance or suitability for the role already is ridiculous. And I'm sure A-list actresses were knocking down the door for the opportunity to play eye-candy in a film where they are playing second fiddle to CGI characters. As I said, Megan Fox won't make or break the movie, so getting up in arms about her casting is ignorant. It will succeed--or, more than likely, fail--regardless of her involvement; hell, HER character could be CGI and it wouldn't change anything.

see you calling April "eye-candy" pretty much nails it for me that you know nothing about the character....the TMNT fans don't want "eye-candy" that's never been what the character was and that's ALL Megan Fox has ever played so yes judging her performance based on every other role that she's ever been in is pretty fair

Plus, whilst she may or may not "break" the movie, the wrong actress can make an otherwise good movie distracting (Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2) while the right actress can make an otherwise okay movie even better (Amazing Spider-Man). Megan Fox is too distracting for most, despite your hero worship of her.

Posted by nappystr8

@danhimself said:

@shackle said:

@danhimself said:

@shackle said:

@iaconpoint: I've never claimed she can act. But the role doesn't exactly require an Oscar caliber performance, so the ridiculous hand wringing over her casting is nothing but trendy fanboy angst over the casting of an actress whom it is trendy to hate on. Her casting isn't going to make or break the film; you shrill harpies need to tone down your "outrage."

I don't think anyone had any thoughts that this could be an Oscar worthy movie but it's really not all that big of a thing to ask for a decent actress

She may, or she may not, be "decent" enough; we don't know, as there has been a single foot of film shot yet, so condemning her performance or suitability for the role already is ridiculous. And I'm sure A-list actresses were knocking down the door for the opportunity to play eye-candy in a film where they are playing second fiddle to CGI characters. As I said, Megan Fox won't make or break the movie, so getting up in arms about her casting is ignorant. It will succeed--or, more than likely, fail--regardless of her involvement; hell, HER character could be CGI and it wouldn't change anything.

see you calling April "eye-candy" pretty much nails it for me that you know nothing about the character....the TMNT fans don't want "eye-candy" that's never been what the character was and that's ALL Megan Fox has ever played so yes judging her performance based on every other role that she's ever been in is pretty fair

Thank you. It seems like the majority of the people defending Megan Fox are only proving the point of the detractors; April O'Neil is an extremely important part of the Turtles mythos, and to say that she A: doesn't matter to the overall product, or B: has no importance beyond looking good on camera shows a complete lack of understanding not only of the franchise, but is also frankly very sexist.

To all the people slamming TMNT fans for their criticism of Megan Fox as April, ask yourselves this: how comfortable would you be with Robert Pattinson playing Shredder?

@k4tzm4n said:

@texasdeathmatch said:

HEY KATZ, WHO'S PLAYING THE REST OF THE CAST? YOU MIGHT BE A WRITER FOR A COMICVINE, BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE HOLDING BACK INFO FROM US

Fine, you've convinced me to leak the secrets:

Chris Evans is Leo, Tracy Morgan is Mikey and Jim Parsons is Donatello.

Ahahahaa, I want Tracy Morgan as Michelangelo so bad it hurts! Hahaha.

Posted by iaconpoint

@SimonM7 Comic fans getting distracted by their own hubris? Say it ain't so!!!

Posted by KRYPTON

What? Nolan North wasn't offered the role again? He did a outstanding job on the TMNT CGI movie. Should've got all the actors from that movie or the ones from the 2003 TMNT show.

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@Xorion said:

@nerdork said:

@Xorion said:

what can I say? I like seeing megan fox playing wiffle ball

No worries,

Fixed...

Thank you now I am thinkink about megan fox playing wiffle ball

Well, if her ability to play wiffle ball is anything to judge by her acting chops...she wouldnt be able to figure it out...much like her movie roles. But, that would be amusing to watch..so, i see what you mean.

Posted by ScreamingGhost

If your going to use that artist work the least you could do is credit him for his work. Had it been promo work for the cartoon or comics its far more passable. For those that don't know its Dave Rapoza.

On to the actual movie its hard to stay positive to many things going against it and after what happened with Transformers I don't want to see my other favorite franchise be tarnished all over again.

Posted by Samimista

Not familiar with this actor.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@ScreamingGhost said:

If your going to use that artist work the least you could do is credit him for his work. Had it been promo work for the cartoon or comics its far more passable. For those that don't know its Dave Rapoza.

On to the actual movie its hard to stay positive to many things going against it and after what happened with Transformers I don't want to see my other favorite franchise be tarnished all over again.

By that logic, we'd have to credit every picture we use. Yeah, no thanks.

And seeing as I've publicly praised and promoted his work in the past, I have no gripe with not saying above "This half of the picture is by Dave Rapoza!" Then, why not credit the other half, too? "This picture by photographer..." I'd rather focus on the actual story at hand. Obviously, photo credit will be given when legally required, but I don't see this as such a case. Like I've said, I've even shared/promoted his work in the past and this image has been around for quite some time.

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@texasdeathmatch said:

@k4tzm4n: They better bring back Corey Feldman for Donatello.

Agreed. I still read Donatello in the comics with Corey Feldman's voice.

I'm not much on the whole aliens part. I prefer the origin in the current series. and I don't understand why everyone has such a problem with Megan Fox... She's not the best actress in the world, but she's not horrible. And that picture of Raph, I've always found that one and the other 3 by that artist creepy as hell.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@G_Money_Christmas said:

@texasdeathmatch said:

@k4tzm4n: They better bring back Corey Feldman for Donatello.

Agreed. I still read Donatello in the comics with Corey Feldman's voice.

I'm not much on the whole aliens part. I prefer the origin in the current series. and I don't understand why everyone has such a problem with Megan Fox... She's not the best actress in the world, but she's not horrible. And that picture of Raph, I've always found that one and the other 3 by that artist creepy as hell.

haha. His Shredder is amazing.

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Posted by texasdeathmatch
@G_Money_Christmas said:

@texasdeathmatch said:

@k4tzm4n : They better bring back Corey Feldman for Donatello.

Agreed. I still read Donatello in the comics with Corey Feldman's voice.

I'm not much on the whole aliens part. I prefer the origin in the current series. and I don't understand why everyone has such a problem with Megan Fox... She's not the best actress in the world, but she's not horrible. And that picture of Raph, I've always found that one and the other 3 by that artist creepy as hell.

haha aw, I have those pictures framed and hanging in my apt.
Posted by The Average Bear

This guy is hilarious. Raph's my favorite for sure

I was actually worried that when I clicked this link, I'd see Taylor Lautner or some other completely ridiculous choice for Raph. Phew *wipes sweat off brow*

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