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Reshoots and New Voice Casting Confirmed for TMNT Movie

by Justin W

After rumors spread recently that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie would be delayed until the fall due to reshoots, both Paramount and Michael Bay came out and said the reports were not true. Mere days later, the actors themselves confirmed that they had been called back for reshoots – in particular, Megan Fox and Alan Ritchson. Why them? Who knows. Ritchson took a photo of himself with his motion capture suit for Instagram to prove that he was involved with the process.

Only a day or two after that, it was confirmed that two new vocal talents would be joining the cast: Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa, The Last Stand) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk). Knoxville will be performing the voice of Leonardo, while Shalhoub takes on the voice of Splinter. Previously, Pete Ploszek was set to both act and perform the vocal stylings of Leo, while Danny Woodburn (of Seinfeld fame) was cast to do the same for Splinter. There’s no word yet on why this decision was made, but it’s a pretty good bet that someone at the studio saw (or rather heard) something they didn’t like in the film. To be fair, these definitely aren’t bad choices and it’s not unheard of to cast well known actors to play the voices of characters that are primarily CGI.
As for whether or not this will actually delay the film, Paramount has said that it will not. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is still on track for an August release and it doesn’t appear that even reshoots will stop this movie from being released in the summer. The truth about reshoots and the recasting of voices is that it’s really not that big of a deal in terms of time. Yes, they are on a tight schedule, but they’ve also got 4 months to reshoot a couple of scenes, edit in some new voices and have the final product prepared for distribution in August. They have the bulk of the project completed, but now they are going back to change or add a few things here and there, including (hopefully) better voices for our favorite TMNT characters.
Shellheads take note: fans were concerned about the first trailer and almost immediately afterward plans were put in place to put more effort into the film. This is ultimately a good thing, and a sign that the studios actually do care about the end product.
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TigerClaw305 April 3, 2014 - 8:37 pm

I hope Tony Shalhoub can do a Japanese accent, Splinter from the 1990 movie was voiced by Kevin Clash and he did the Japanese accent for him.

Billy Bob Throrton April 3, 2014 - 9:54 pm

They should re-cast more.

Michelangelo……Jason Mewes
Donatello……James “The Angry Video Game Nerd” Rolfe

Shredder…….either an asian guy or somebody not 60
Seriously William Finchter is 58.Thats real intimatading right?A Shredder so old hes probably Karai’s grandpa in this version.

TigerClaw305 April 4, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Actually I think Jason Mewes could make a perfect Casey Jones for a sequel.

Jeff April 4, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Hopefully they can get rid of the Turtle’s nostrils… really creepy to see them with human-esque noses.

Matt Valentino April 4, 2014 - 8:44 pm

the noses dont bother me, its the human lips

Billy Bob Throrton April 5, 2014 - 4:53 pm

They really suck at Mo-cap. Anybody with half a brain would only use the face mo-cap for eyes and mouth stuff
or maybe,idk,plan things out ahead of time! If they took one minute to look at the other successful mo-cap performances,they have humanlike faces. (except District 9,which is the route I recommend they copy)

Jesse James Reinke April 4, 2014 - 5:01 pm

They should recast Emma stone as
April. Or at least dyed Megan’s hair red like the true April.

Albert Wesker April 4, 2014 - 8:20 pm

The “true” April is a brunette, learn your TMNT lore before saying stupid stuff in the internet.

JohnIsLeo April 19, 2014 - 1:25 am

Ouch… Lol

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