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Jonathan Liebsman's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot has not exactly won over a lot of fans thus far. Most of that is due to Michael Bay's comments and the casting of Megan Fox as April O'Neil. Last week, a different piece of casting was announced in the form of Alan Ritchson ('The Hunger Games') coming aboard as Raphael, one of the four titular amphibians. Now it appears his onscreen ninja siblings have all been cast as well. Leonardo, the sword-wielding leader of the group, will be played by Pete Ploszek. Jeremy Howard will take on the role of the brainy Donatello and Noel Fisher will play goofy party animal Michelangelo. Those character distinctions are of course based on previous TMNT adaptations. Ploszek appeared in one episode of 'Parks and Recreation,' Howard has taken small roles in films like 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' and 'Men In Black II,' and Fisher in the likes of 'Battle: Los Angeles' and the last 'Twilight' movie. According to reports, Paramount will soon be locking down an actor for the villainous Shredder very soon. 'Ninja Turtles' is set to be released June 6th, 2014.
I'm not sure I'd call myself a fanboy, but 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' was a huge part of my childhood so I do have some vested interest in the new movie. The quartet assembled here is composed of unknowns, for all intents and purposes. At first I didn't think that would really be an issue, but then again, the logistics for these characters within the reboot have still not been 100% established. Deadline reports that the new film will take an "'Avatar'-like approach," but beyond featuring computer-generated characters, I can't figure out what that's supposed to mean. Are the turtles going to be humans piloting mutant ninja avatars? If the reboot is just going to be animated, then the only requirement of those cast is to have energetic, youthful voices. If they are taking a more practical (effects) approach, then I'm not convinced they've hired the best assortment of performers for the physical demands of these roles. We are still very much in a "wait-and-see" scenario with this one.
What do you guys think? Has the studio assembled a decent cast? What do you think an "'Avatar'-like approach" means?