Back in February, in a surprising move to the world, Megan Fox was the first person cast in Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman’s remake of ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. Simply dubbed ‘Ninja Turtles’, the film found it’s heroes earlier this month when Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher were cast as Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo, respecitvely. Now, it appears that another actor has been added to the live-action/CG hybrid, and like Miss Fox, it’s quite a curious choice.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, funnyman Will Arnett has joined ‘Ninja Turtles’ as one of the leads, but the report doesn’t say which one. Details surrounding the ‘Arrested Development’ star’s character are being kept quite under wraps, but if he’s playing a lead, then there are a few possibilities left. However, they flat out say that hockey mask-wearing Casey Jones is out of the equation, so that’s one possibility eliminated.
The two characters that come to mind immediately are Master Splinter, the mentor of our heroes in a half shell, or Shredder, the group’s biggest enemy. I don’t see Arnett fitting into either of those roles, but think about this: At one point, it was speculated that Shredder’s henchmen Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang would be featured in the new movie. I could definitely see the actor stepping into one of those roles. There’s plenty of potential for comedy in all three parts, and that’s really where Will Arnett excels. Personally, I’d love to see him voice Krang, but any of the three would work really.
Part of me wants to say that no matter who he ends up playing, he’ll be great, but Gob Bluth as Shredder? I just don’t think that would work. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into something that would make Arnett say that he’s made a huge mistake.
But maybe you think it would do fine as Shredder or some other non-comedic character. If you do, let me know. Who do you think Will Arnett will play in ‘Ninja Turtles’? Do you think he’ll play a human or voice a CG character? If you were in Michael Bay’s shoes (which is something I’ll bet we’ve all wished we could do at one point or another), who would you cast him as? Share your picks in the comments.
‘Ninja Turtles’ hits theaters on June 6, 2014.