“Turtles fight with honor!” The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has finally cast the whole team. Last week, actor and former model Alan Ritchson was cast in the role of Raphael, the loud-mouthed ninja turtle with a short fuse, and now Platinum Dunes has found the rest of the heroes in a half shell.
According to Deadline, actors Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher have been cast to play Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo, respectively. Most of the actors who were cast in the movie are relatively unknown to American audiences. Pete Ploszek appeared in an episode of Parks and Recreation, Jeremy Howard was featured as the character of Kyle in Galaxy Quest in 1999, and Noel Fisher has a regular role as Mickey Milkovich in Showtime’s Shameless.
It’s unclear how well these actors will do in these roles. The turtles have a specific physicality and attitude, and these actors don’t have a large body of work from which to draw comparisons. They will dawn the same motion capture technology that James Cameron used to create the Na’vi in Avatar, but the actors in that movie were also of a higher caliber than the cast of Ninja Turtles.
Principal photography is set to begin on Ninja Turtles this April in New York City. Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher will join Megan Fox, who is playing April O’Neil. If the leaked script is any indication of what the final film will be like, expect to hear casting news soon of who will play the vigilante Casey Jones.
Ninja Turtles will hit theaters everywhere on June 6, 2014.