‘Ninja Turtles’ Reboot Adds Will Arnett – Who is He Playing?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

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The news that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and director Jonathan Liebesman – who previously collaborated on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning – are rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie franchise would have been divisive enough on its own, without the changes to the Turtles aliens’ backstory, shortened Ninja Turtles title and having Transformers actress Megan Fox cast as April O’Neal. However, the fact of the matter is, well… that’s where everything stands.

Ninja Turtles hasn’t finished casting yet, but the roles of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael have all been filled by lesser-known actors at this point (for better or worse). We have an update that reveals Will Arnett has now boarded this Turtles train, but the fan-favorite funnyman’s role in the proceedings remains a mystery.

Arnett is known (and widely loved) for his comedic performance style on TV shows like Arrested Development and Running Wilde, in addition to his appearances on 30 Rock and Up All Night. THR is reporting that he will NOT be playing the Turtles’ human comrade Casey Jones, who – as those who’ve been following this (doomed? Unfairly dismissed?) project in the making might recall - had been re-imagined as a high schooler and April’s under-achieving boyfriend in an early Ninja Turtles script draft that leaked online.

Could it be that Arnett is, instead, playing some comic relief character invented specifically for this reboot, someone from either the Turtles comics and/or cartoon series – or a more serious individual altogether?

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While Arnett is famous for his goofy human roles, he’s also a voice actor specialist whose resume includes roles in CGI-animated features like Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ratatouille, Horton Hears a Who!, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Despicable Me - as well as the TV shows like King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show - and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (the video game, of course).

Point being, he seems like a prime candidate for a Ninja Turtles role that requires expressive vocal mannerisms, be it the Turtles’ giant rat sensei and adapted father Splinter or another non-human character rumored to appear in the reboot (villains like Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady were supposedly included in an early script draft).

Heck, maybe Arnett is lending his voice to this movie’s version of The Shredder, who will be embodied by a more physically-intimidating actor (a la Ray Park being dubbed as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace). Truth be told, that’s not a terrible idea, when you bear in mind that Arnett’s probably doing a similar gravelly voice as Lego Batman in The Lego Movie.

Which character do YOU hope Arnett is playing in Ninja Turtles? Let us know in the comments!


Ninja Turtles flies into theaters on June 6th, 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. Dude: spinter! duh

  2. I heard from a reliable source that Will Arnett is going to be playing Vanilla Ice, who is replacing Splinter as the Turtles mentor. They are no longer ninjas, but up an up and coming boy band.

  3. Well this is the first news of the movie in a long time that I don’t actually hate. I’m still meh though.

  4. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that he’s going to be Vernon Fenwick.

    • Good call. I can see that personality wise and look wise if you dye his hair black.

      • Maybe he’s playing Krang, Beebop or Rocksteady?

        *face palm*

        I like Will. Hopefully this movie ISN’T the train wreck it seems to be.

    • maybe just maybe baxter stockman, i think he would fit in perfectly with that roll!!!

    • that’s the first thing i thought

  5. Still not sold, this is the only ”decent” cast member this film has.

    Unless you enjoy ”Wrath of the Titans” which is done by the same director you wont enjoy this either.

    It’ll have a solid interesting trailer, we’ll all be suckered in to see it then complain about how much Bay an this director suck an ruined the Turtles after.


  6. I dont like will arnett, has he ever been in a good film?

    • If you want to see Arnett at his best you need to watch him in Arrested Development or 30 Rock. He’s one of those actors who has been in a lot of crap but can be really great in the right role.

      • I never really watched those, tried to, but couldnt get invested.
        Also theres something about arnetts voice that pisses me off.

        • He was in Blades Of Glory. That’s really all I know him for.

  7. Donatello. Definitely Donatello.

  8. My guess is he’s playing the role of Vernon Fenwick.

    • That is EXACTLY who I thought of!!!

  9. What about Baxter Stockton? I could see that too…

    • Baxter is Black now, get with the times!

      • Baxter was black in the original Mirage comics and all animated cartoons except for the super campy one in the late eighties.

      • hate to point this out Captain clueless but in the SOURCE MATERIAL I.E. the mirage comics back from 1984? Baxter Stockman was ALWAYS BLACK> Kevin eastman is a money grubbing pocket lining sellout dirtbag scumbucket and Bey needs to be strapped to one of his own special effects and immolated.

  10. Krang no doubt

  11. I hope they stop production on this. I’m thinking the aliens won’t even resemble turtles. And as for Will Arnett, he’ll probably be miss cast as Colonel Shredder. Just as Megan Fox was for April. I think the only way hey can make this better is to get Christopher Walken. Cause everything’s better with Walken.

  12. I refuse to see this movie unless reviews for it are INCREDIBLE. otherwise, count me out. I also dont plan on giving anymore of my money to Bay’s Transformers films. he had three chances and failed. every. single. time.

  13. “Will Arnett has now boarded this Turtles train”
    I would have loved it if you said he boarded the turtle van instead :)

    Anyway, I was hoping he’d be Casey Jones, but that seemed to be shot down pretty fast. It brings some hope to the casting though, since this is one announcement in a while that everyone doesn’t seem to be complaining about.

  14. I have never seen him in a movie who did he voice in Monsters vs Aliens? Sounds like a good actor though looking forward to this

    • He voiced The Missing Link.

  15. Well he’s old to play Casey, so i’m guessing he’ll be Agent Bishop.

  16. Or the leader of the Purple Dragons?

  17. Shredder!

  18. A new character who is later revealed to be an Utrom.

  19. no profanity?! aww gee that’s gonna make this harder to say.,….. Bey is #2 on my ‘needs to be abandoned on a deserted island then have the island nuked’ list. Kevin Eastman is #1 gee i wonder why.

  20. wow I love Will Arnett which is why I’m sad and sorry that his name is attached to this piece of garbage. i don’t usually jump to conclusions until i’ve seen at least a trailer but how can anyone be hopeful this movie will be at least decent. every piece of news that comes out about it seems to prove that it will be god awful childhood steeling dribble. Will not be seeing this, thank you Eastman for being a treacherous cur, and Michael Bay for robbing me of precious childhood memories

  21. I have this feeling he’s going to play Casey Jones and all this denial is just to stir up this aweful movie

  22. LOL. Watch it turn out that he’s playing either Bee-Bop or Rocksteady.