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With casting now in full effect on the Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, we’ve seen some well-known names (Megan Fox) and some less-familiar actors (Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher) filling roles in the new film from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. Now we can add another name to the former category: Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett is joining TMNT in an undisclosed role.
According to THR, Platinum Dunes hasn’t announced who Arnett will be playing yet, but they have ruled out the masked vigilante Casey Jones. Perhaps Arnett could be the turtles’ master Splinter or the film’s villain, The Shredder. It is also unclear if Arnett will perform a motion capture role or a more traditional onscreen character.
Last week, all four “Ninja Turtles” were cast and it was revealed that they would indeed be motion capture CGI characters, unlike previous iterations of the heroes in a half shell. Platinum Dunes will use the same motion capture technology James Cameron used in Avatar to bring the Na’vi to life.
Will Arnett gained popularity when he portrayed the character George Oscar “GOB” Bluth II on Arrested Development. He has also appeared in supporting roles on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and in comedies such as Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, and Hot Rod. He has recently starred in the NBC comedy Up All Night.
At the moment, there is no official plot synopsis available, but there were early script leaks that would suggest that the new reboot movie would be a campy, pop-culture referencing, self-aware movie. In fact, the script leak problems were so glaring that Paramount (the film’s distributor) put the reboot on hiatus until the script could be re-written. So far, most every decision made on the Ninja Turtles reboot have angered long-time fans of the popular series.
Michael Bay will produce the reboot film, while screenwriters Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) wrote the script. Ninja Turtles will hit theaters everywhere on June 6, 2014.