With shooting set to start next month, director Jonathan Liebesman is busy casting his Ninja Turtles. A couple of days ago it was revealed Alan Ritchson (Aquaman on Smallville) will play Raphael, and now he’s got his Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello, with Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher taking the roles, according to Deadline.
Pete Ploszek only has two credits to his name with bit parts on Showtime’s Shameless and NBC’s Parks and Recreation, so this is a bit of a step up for him, even if audiences won’t get to see him, as the Turtles will be rendered using motion capture CGI. He’s playing Leonardo, the blue masked katana expert of the group. He is the oldest turtle, and considered the leader.
Jeremy Howard will Donatello, the scientist and smartest of the turtles, who wears a purple mask and is a master of the bo staff. Howard played Sketchy on Breaking Bad and has a lot of one-off TV credits to his name.
Noel Fisher is probably the most recognisable of the bunch, popping up in various TV shows, including a recurring role Shameless, a major role in Hatfields & McCoys, and a supporting part in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. He’ll be Michelangelo, the orange-masked master of the nunchaku. He is the most free-spirited of the turtles, and serves as the comic relief.
The only human character cast so far is Megan Fox, who it’s assumed will be playing TV reporter April O’Neil.