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

Published 2 years 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. Thats one way of saying the film will suck no matter how good the scrip is…. i agreed with golden.. I”m DOUBLE DONE !!!!!

  2. I dont see why people dont give Michael Bay the credit he deserves. He’s been in this business for a long time and his credentials are pretty impressive. He knows what he’s doing. Megan Fox in Transformers was barely even a distraction, I dont see why people love to hate and complain about things like this. Cut the dramatics already. Look at the Transformers series. I have faith in Bay.

    • Nooooooooooooooooo! Can’t say I’m surprised. Wow, I swear Bay gets off on this stuff, he knows everyone will hate this casting choice.

    • @Rebanks

      Man I wish people had more common sense & maturity like you do. This site would be alot better off.

      • It has nothing to do with common sense or maturity level of people. Just because your opinion is different than others doesn’t make them immature or having a lack of common sense. Why don’t you practice what you preach!

    • I agree. The transformers series Was great and divina a more realistic approach to The turtles is an excellent twist. I am sure that there will be a lot of action and id The story is good, IT is going to be a blast!

      • How are aliens instead of mutants a more realistic approach?!?

        • Don’t you know??In Bay’s head,Aliens are real!

      • Its not a twist guy, its a retcon. A bad one at that.

    • I think you have valid point on that. People over here are over acting a little bit. Think about Transformers, Megan was hot and pure eye candy. She wasn’t distraction at all. OK, she might need to step up her game a little bit on this one but no “Oscar” nominations are needed anyways. I think she is a good choice. And what comes to Bay, he can make blockbusters! If you are looking Turtles to be a next “Dark Knight”, this isn’t going to be your movie.

    • I will tell you EXACTLY why Michael Bay does not deserve respect. What he originally was going to do with the film was pretty much destroy the franchise. Have you not seen the original name for the new TMNT movie? It was called Fight The Foot. The only reason Michael Bay’s name is even known in my opinion is because in Transformers he had a damn good team of 3D experts. In the TMNT franchise the turtles are NOT, I repeat NOT ALIENS, they were mutated by a mutagen, an ooze actually, as the Second movie of the live action TMNT franchise. In short if he’s gonna make a movie he should have to stick to the original franchise plot and not make stuff up. That’s why he doesn’t deserve any respect.

    • I have looked at the Transformers series. That’s the problem! It’s nothing like the Transformers I grew up with. All Michael Bay wants is random explosions and sex. That’s it. And that is why this movie will also suck. Bad.

  3. One thing I just noticed that was mentioned. Theyre looking for actors for MOTION CAPTURE? Does that mean there wont be guys in turtle suits? Instead theres going to be CGI ninja turtles? Say it aint so.

  4. I’m going to go kill myself now.

  5. April O’Neil in the books, is smart intelligent and she is not overly beautiful, she is cute.

    Megan Fox however,does not convey the part of a journalist. She is the Primary Human Protagonist in the movie, considered the other 5 are 4 turtles and a Rat. So this puts her at the top of the List of Actors or Actresses in the movie.]

    Basically, it is saying this is HER MOVIE.

  6. My opinion is if you aren’t going to keep the core of the source material the same why even bother? My first impression of the news was that they were going for an explosively entertaining cash grab, or were just afraid of the source material. We’ll see I guess, I liked the first transformers movie, but I doubt bay will top Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

  7. April o neil? Best call will be scarlett johansson!

  8. She just said she was done acting to be a mom. Why not just stick with that insted of dumbing down this flick even more. I can see it now two hours of sexy poseing on stuff turtel f’n power Bay

  9. So they are Teenage Alien Ninja Turtles now?

  10. My opinion is if you aren’t going to keep the core of the source material the same why even bother? My first impression of the news was that they were going for an explosively entertaining cash grab, or were just afraid of the source material. We’ll see I guess, I liked the first transformers movie, but I doubt bay will top Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

  11. You people are hypocrites, you guys complaint about everything, have you seen how April O’Neil looks in the 80’s cartoon shows, that is not how a reporter dress, she was hot.

    People complaint when Maggie Gyllenhaal was cast in The Dark knight because she was apparently ugly, that is the way a DA looks, not overly beautiful, cute but intelligent, it was perfect casting but people complaint so much that she was ugly, it was so shallow, the same thing happen when Anne Hathaway was cast for catwoman, i guest her boobs where not big enough. People didn’t care about good acting in those movies but they complaint when Michael Bay cast eye candy for his movie. I agree that a reporter normally doesn’t look like Megan Fox but i guest that’s what teenage boys want, well at least she is nice to look at.

    • It’s because Megan Fox can’t act. Period.

  12. I’m a huge fan of TMNT but the idea of having Fox as April is horrible. She is a terrible in acting and she will do horrible in the part. I might consider not even watching it because of her. They need someone way better.

  13. Loved the movies growing up, but damn were they cheesy. As long as this new one is entertaining then so what. The series was pretty dumb in the first place, IMO!

  14. What a terrible choice. Amy Adams would have been perfect. She’s a great actress, and she’s actually a redhead. Pretty sure this movie is going to suck.

  15. Enough with people saying you need an actual redhead. That’s the dumbest sh** ever. Do you people realize that the majority of Hollywood that does comic/cartoon/TV movies can use these inventions called hair dye and wigs? Blonde Scarlett Johansson played a red head black widow didn’t she? Blonde Emma Stone has played so many redhead characters that some of you actual think she is one. Point is, enough with bitching and moaning about hair color. That’s the easiest thing to change.

    • Although I agree with the whole hair dye aspect of your point I would remind you however that if you look back, & remember the original turtle franchise had 2 sequels with a brunette April who actually looked better than the first actress. That big & obvious observation is what makes all these ignorant people complaining about hair color look & sound even more ridiculous than they already do. It’s not always about appearance as much as it’s about performance from the actors themselves.

      • Yeah, because Michael Bay is totally known for getting top-notch acting performances in his movies!

        Give me a break…

  16. I can seriously care less about the turtles being aliens, and the different story. I just want to see some kick ass ninja turtles. Cool action. do you ppl seriously think a great mature story can come out of the Ninja Turtles???? U ppl are out of ur minds. Its freakin ninja turles. Now lets let the loser grammar police have nothing better to say about my comment except “learn how to spell! i’m sooo smart” pppfft!

  17. Terrible actress, terrible director, multiple millions of dollars – it boggles the mind.

  18. This will be tedious and uninspiring, much like the soulless Transformers movies and pretty much everything else Bay “directs”.

    But at least the millions people who enjoy mindless crap will flock to see it, right? Because the amount of money a movie makes is all that matters, right??

  19. I let the Transformers movie Series go. But The TMNT no, The Turtle are Muntant not Aliens. And Adding Fox is nothing more then Eye Candy. Let get a real actress up there. if this failure of a movie goes forward. i will never watch it better yet Mr. Bay shold pay me to go watch it.

  20. Samuel L jackson would be better. a LOT better.

  21. I will give fox a chance, everyone deserves a chance HOWEVER anyone who thinks Bays idea is a twist isn’t a tmnt fan…

  22. Well i’m done. Going to go kill myself before this movie ruins what remains of my childhood.

  23. Are you kidding me Bay? This woman’s career was supposed to be over! And your reviving it after you killed it?

  24. But Megan Fox is hideously ugly and cannot act to save her life. How is that in any way suited for April O’Neil?

    I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.