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

     April 15, 2013

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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.

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