Even though Megan Fox and Michael Bay had an infamous falling out during the Transformers days, it looks like the director has patched things up, not with roses, but with pizza. Bay announced on his blog that Fox will be cast in his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and will be playing “intrepid reporter and good-natured friend to reptiles” April O’Neil. The actress was won over by a series of meetings with Bay, as well as impressive storyboard sessions with director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles). Casting is currently underway for unknowns to play the heroes in a half-shell, who will be motion capture animated in the live-action/CG hybrid picture due out in 2014. Hit the jump for more.
TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!
Heat Vision confirms the female lead for Fox as well as the status on casting the Turtles. Perhaps this is why Bay chose to remove the “Teenage” part of the title, because good luck getting teenage boys/mutants to do anything productive with Fox walking around. On a related note, Bay has now pretty much guaranteed an audience completely full of teenage boys (and slightly-closer-to-middle-age fanboys…ahem).
The last time we’d heard anything on the story of Ninja Turtles was in the backlash of Bay announcing that aliens would be involved in the creation of the titular heroes. This prompted a response from director Jonathan Liebesman as well as TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman himself. The Paramount film, which Bay is producing, was also recently pushed back to a May 16, 2014 release date citing script delays. With Fox’s casting addition being enough to hold fans over for the time being, it bodes well for getting the rest of the roles together over the next few months. Let us know your thoughts on the casting decision in the comments below!