Cillian Murphy Joins Johnny Depp in TRANSCENDENCE; Danny Woodburn Set as Splinter in NINJA TURTLES

     April 15, 2013


We’ve got a couple of rather interesting casting stories to report this evening.  First up, Wally Pfister has added another familiar face to the cast of his directorial debut Transcendence.  Pfister previously worked as a cinematographer, most notably collaborating with Christopher Nolan on all of his films, and now Batman Begins and Inception star Cillian Murphy has been tapped to play one of three male leads in Transcendence.  The film stars Johnny Depp and is rumored to concern a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer, but confirmed plot details are being kept under tight wraps.

News of Murphy’s casting comes courtesy of Latino Review, but further details regarding his character are unknown.  Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara also star.  The film is due out April 25, 2014.  Hit the jump to find out which Seinfeld alum has been cast as Master Splinter in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles redo.

danny-woodburn-ninja-turtlesAdditionally, Deadline reports that Danny Woodburn has signed on to star as Master Splinter in director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Wrath of the Titans) live-action/CG reboot Ninja Turtles.  Woodburn is a decidedly left field choice to play the crucial mentor character, but you’ve no doubt seen the actor before in films like Mirror Mirror and Death to Smoochy and he’s probably best known for playing Kramer’s buddy Mickey on Seinfeld.

Megan Fox is set to play April O’Neil in the reboot, with Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher playing the titular Turtles by way of performance capture.  Given that Splinter is a giant rat, one assumes Woodburn will also be performing his role via performance capture technology.  Will Arnett is onboard to star in the film as well as an unspecified character, and I can’t help but think that he’ll be filling the role of the film’s antagonist Shredder.  Liebesman has certainly put together a curious cast for Ninja Turtles thus far, so it’ll be interesting to see what his take looks like onscreen when we finally get our first glimpse of footage.  The film is set for release on June 6, 2014.


  • bacta70517

    WTH is April Jones?

    • Adam Chitwood

      Was a typo, my mistake. Was writing “April O’Neil” and thinking about the character “Casey Jones,” resulting in a bit of a brain fart. Fox is playing April O’Neil.

  • Jillian

    Who the hell is April Jones?! And seriously, Will Arrnett as Shredder?

    • Dequan

      Megan Fox

  • Dequan

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  • brNdon

    Well this is shaping up to be a huge joke. And a pretty unfunny one at that.

  • zerocounterparts

    So April O’Neal is married to Casey Jones in this film?

  • The Real Bruce LeeRoy

    Looks like Ninja Turtles is the only film besides Guardians Of The Galaxy making some bold
    choices. People haven’t seen one minute of any of these films and the
    Names alone are unknown wich means you have too pay attention to the story!
    Ninja Turtles has a lot against it for no reason. You change one thing and
    they hate you but when exspand the story by using original material to give it
    A better feel as a movie they want to kill you lmmfao! So what! Even If it’s number 1 for a
    Week the will make NT2. I’m going too see this and a lot of movies
    like it in 2014!

    • LAMBEO

      … At leas we know for a fact the director is known for respecting ‘source material’. -__-

      • brNdon

        Oh yeah, in such amazing works as “Wrath of the Titans” and “Battle Los Angeles.”
        And who could forget the ultra respected “Darkness Falls?” Who can count the number of awards that won?

  • gcm443

    So much for my dream of Ken Watanabe being splinter. I’ll roll with it though.

  • BullhammerSouvineer

    why make this movie if the turtles are going to be cgi..sad day for old school ninja turtle fans.