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!
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.
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.
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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