Megan Fox Cast as April O’Neil in Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ Reboot

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

Megan Fox Cast as April ONeil Megan Fox Cast as April ONeil in Michael Bays Ninja Turtles Reboot

Megan Fox became something of a household name after playing Mikaela Banes in Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Unfortunately, she had a very public falling out with director Michael Bay and was immediatey replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Well, it looks like the two have finally made up, because Megan Fox has been cast as April O’Neil in the Bay-produced Ninja Turtles reboot.

Michael Bay made the casting announcement on his blog, saying simply:

TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!

Michael Bay

Let no one say that Michael Bay doesn’t have a way with words.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has laid out the details of the reconciliation between Michael Bay and Megan Fox and confirmed that Fox will be playing April O’Neil, the tough-as-nails redheaded reporter and best female pal to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Apparently, director Jonathan Liebesman won Fox over with his awesome storyboards, which probably means she didn’t join the cast because of the screenplay’s complex character development.

Megan Fox and April ONeil Megan Fox Cast as April ONeil in Michael Bays Ninja Turtles Reboot

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not TMNT fans embrace – or reject – Fox being cast as April O’Neil, especially after the very negative reaction to the leaked script (which Bay claimed was merely an early, terrible draft). She’s certainly not the first actress who springs to mind when thinking about the April O’Neil of the comic books, the cartoons, or the original movie series, and not just because she’s a brunette either. Is Fox’s casting further confirmation that Ninja Turtles will be a major creative departure from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of yore?

Last we heard, the titular turtles would be aliens instead of mutants, and the antagonists would be a covert military group led by Colonel Shredder. There’s no telling if that’s what we’ll end up seeing when Ninja Turtles finally reaches theaters, but you can probably expect a certain “Bay”-ification of the source material if Fox as April O’Neil is any indication.

The Classic Ninja Turtles Megan Fox Cast as April ONeil in Michael Bays Ninja Turtles Reboot

In other Ninja Turtles news, the filmmakers are apparently testing actors for the roles of the Ninja Turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael), who will be motion-captured for the big screen. There’s no word on precisely who was tested, but according to THR, they’re “mostly relative unknowns” – which I suppose leaves room for all the Corey Feldman fans out there who are hoping for his return as Donatello.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you happy with the decision to cast Megan Fox as April O’Neil? Drop us a line in the comments.

Ninja Turtles is expected to hit theaters on May 16th, 2014.

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Sources: Michael Bay Dot ComThe Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Megan Fox can’t act, the only reason why she was in both Transformers is for the sex appeal, and having the turtles coming from outer space is ridiculous, do it right like in the comic books and cast the right ppl for it too.

  2. I do nots see why peopls hate on Megan Fox she is damn sexy,and has great talent. I never seen,any of the ninja turtle movies,but they probably suck with Bay dircting the movie it should be more for grown ups,and not lil kids

    • Megan fox cannot act and Michael Bay sucks. Nothing but explosions, no story, s*** dialogue. The original TMNT were great.

      • You sound jealous to me. Micheal bay has great movies, Pear harbor,Bad boys,and transformers,and megan Fox is amazing,and sexy as hell.

        • No, he’s not jealous; he’s stating a fact. Pearl Harbour is historically inaccurate rubbish. Bad Boys is only an enjoyable popcorn flick. That’s hardly a great movie. Transformers is just brain-dead trite. Finally Megan Fox is not amazing nor “sexy as hell” (how can hell be sexy?) she is just a glorified skank. She is both a terrible actress and a terrible choice for the role of April O’Neil. I cannot emphasize enough how awful a choice she is. There are literally hundreds of actresses better suited for the role of April. You want her to be sexy? Ok, that’s fine. Just don’t cast some talentless, objectified girl to play a role for which she doesn’t even look the part!

          For the record, I am not a huge fan of the show. I like it, but not that much. I only complain because I am sick and tired of seeing classic franchises being ruined by Bay and Friends. Her casting infuriates me for two reasons: the first being listed in the paragraph above and the second being MICHAEL BAY LIKE IT WEN DA HOT GIRL DO HOT STUF FOR MEN AUDIANSE BECUZ WOMAN SUPOES TO BE HOT. THEY ONLY HOT AN HAV NO BRAIN OR EMOTIANz. I NO RITE SEXIST CHARACTER!

          Just for fun, I have decided to list some actresses that are better suited for the role than Megan Fox: Emma Stone, Jayma Mays, Alyson Hannigan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Isla Fisher, and Alison Lohman. (please note that is just a list of actresses that would be better choices than Fox and not the perfect actress for the role)

          • Alyson Hannigan?! that would be awesome! (especially if they go with the April as a computer programmer from the original comics and not the reporter from the 80s cartoon)

    • Megan fox cannot act and Michael Bay sucks. Nothing but explosions, no story, s*** dialogue.

    • Proof that our public school systems are failing.

  3. the only thing megan has going for her is her fake boobs. why not get somebody that actually can act and looks the part? like emma stone, bryce dallas howard, isla fisher.

  4. This is rather ridiculous; Michael Bay seems to be ruining the franchise…

  5. aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    WHY?
    WHY?
    WHY?
    WHY?

    Who the hell is doing the casting for this?

  6. Man, I had really hoped that the project was going to be shelved indefinitely due to the backlash a few months ago. Miss Fox may be attractive, but her performances are lackluster and she with this role,

    bay hasn’t been obsessed with just aliens for the excuse of explosions, but he seems to want to try and cash in on franchises in general now. From his sad creative decisions in the horror remakes to cashing in on Transformers and now Ninja Turtles, I missed it when he at least tried to make different things like Armageddon, Bad Boys, and The Rock. His early work was some of his best.

    I won’t get my hopes up, but if it surprisingly turns out good, then I’ll be damned.

  7. OMFG GET THIS ***** OFF THE SET SHES IS NOT PRETTY! SHE CANNOT ACT! SHE IS THE EQUIVALENT OF KRISTEN STEWART WITH A SLIGHTLY BIGGER RACK! OMFG THE HORROR THIS @#$#@@#$@#$ HAS CAUSED IN ALL OF MY **@#$@#$@# CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. OMFG SHES RUINED EVERY THING. @#$@^$%#^@#$%#@$%@%&^&#$%^#$%^#$%^$#% CAN YOU AT LEAST CAST SOMEONE WITH A TALENT OTHER THAN GIVING BLOW JOBS?

  8. There has already been plenty of tv series and other tmnt related media that ruined the franchise long ago before this movie was even considered, so we’re all already used to watching alot of crappy tmnt related entertainment that if this movie is even somewhat good we’ll be very surprised but if it’s a ridiculous piece of crap it’s not really going to be that big of a deal. My main opposition like most other fans of the original movies and comics is with casting Megan Fox for the role of april, this is a horrible decision as there are a ton of actresses out there who would fill this role properly. Fox cannot act to save her life. Don’t get me wrong, I like T&A like any other guy, but if I wanted to waste time watching half naked skanks who can’t act play a role of one of my favorite childhood characters I would download some kind’ve softcore porn based of an old movie series like this. Please put someone else in charge of casting who knows what they’re doing.

  9. It’s funny the movie has not even come out and people are saying it will be trash. Megan fox has not had a role where she had to give a Oscar perfomance so how can people judge her acting. Not everyone can give Oscar performances sucking dick like your moms. Everyone hating is a nerd who spend hours hating on people who are making a living. If the movie sucks when it comes out, then you can say so until then go watch Harry potter or black swan ( who nerds love but movie sucks) Megan fox is a gorgeous woman with more money and talent than your whole family ( haters)

  10. It’s funny the movie has not even come out and people are saying it will be trash. Megan fox has not had a role where she had to give a Oscar perfomance so how can people judge her acting. Not everyone can give Oscar performances sucking d#%k like your moms. Everyone hating is a nerd who spend hours hating on people who are making a living. If the movie sucks when it comes out, then you can say so until then go watch Harry potter or black swan ( who nerds love but movie sucks) Megan fox is a gorgeous woman with more money and talent than your whole family ( haters)

  11. It’s funny the movie has not even come out and people are saying it will be trash. Megan fox has not had a role where she had to give a Oscar perfomance so how can people judge her acting. Not everyone can give Oscar performances sucking d#%k like your moms.

  12. It’s funny the movie has not even come out and people are saying it will be trash. Megan fox has not had a role where she had to give a Oscar perfomance so how can people judge her acting. Not everyone can give Oscar performances sucking like your moms.

  13. People saying Megan can’t act but she never had a role where she had to give a Oscar performance. Stop hating and let the movie come out and then judge it..

  14. EMMA STONE!!!!

  15. For me they should have cast Olivia Thirlby

  16. OH FUQ NO! SHE CAN’T ACT, SHE’S JUST THERE TO GET HORNEY MEN’S ATTENTION, AND SHE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE APRIL! FUQ YOU BAY! I’M NOT WATCHING YOUR MOVIES EVER AGAIN! I’M SPREADING THE WORD, THIS IS TOTAL s***!

  17. from Anna Kendrick, Autumn Reeser , Emma Roberts to freakin Morgan Webb, anybody’d be better than Fox for this role

  18. Alyson Hannigan would be perfect! Bay loves to use the same people over and over and over and over and over and over. It’s insulting and it’s causing all movies to turn into the same thing: The Dark Spiderman Returns and Beams into Skyfall Ranch on Any Given Sunday.

  19. Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Heroes with half a brain cell, Explosion Power!

    They’re the worst CGI you’ve ever seen!

    It’s no lamer than an academy of vampire teens!

    When the angry bloggers attack

    Michael Bay doesn’t give a *beep*

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Megan Fox is April O’Neil!

    Cause amphibians don’t have any sex appeal!

    They’re making sequels so you

    Better say goodbye to your childhood!

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Michael Bay’s Mutant Ninja Turtles!

    Money, money, Ninja Turtles!

    Rewatch the 2007 movie, not good either!

  20. I grew up with TMNT and even was attracted to journalism, my current career, because of cool, smart April O ‘Neill. As such, I’m soooo disappointed they chose Megan Fox for this role! As mentioned in the article, it has nothing to do with the mismatch of her appearance but rather the fact that her personality and general demeanor do not AT ALL reflect what I knew and loved of TMNT’s April. Bummer.

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