The Ninja Turtles are back for a slice of live-action adventure in Jonathan Liebsman and Michael Bay’s upcoming reboot, featuring the popular sewer-dwelling, reptile ninjas Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Raphael (Alan Ritchson) and – of course – their pal, April.
Concerning for some TMNT fans is the fact that Megan Fox has been cast as fan-favorite April O’Neil. Needless to say, there’s certainly not much of a resemblance to the cartoon character, which – on top of worries about the girl’s acting abilities – caused mixed reactions for Turtles lovers… And by “mixed” I mean, mixed between people hating it and people really, really, REALLY hating it. And yes, although Megz brings the movie-star good looks, she also brings a lot of tabloid baggage that could distract from all the nostalgic fun.
However, in some news that can be seen as both disappointing for flesh lovers and relieving for Turtles fans who hope that Bay sticks closely to the source material, we’ve just learnt that Megan Fox will not be getting naked as April O’Neil. The actress revealed in a recent interview that:
I’m completely clothed for the entire movie. There’s no gratuitous skin or sexual anything. Jonathan was really insistent on not wanting her to be sexualized or to take that sort of typical role we’ve seen women take in movies thus far, and that I’ve taken in particular.
We already know that Fox’s April has been kitted up in a yellow leather jacket and skinny pants as opposed to her trademark yellow jumpsuit, like this:
Perhaps Bay’s decision to keep Megan modest came from the fact that April is supposed to be the pretty girl-next-door type, not the drop-dead-gorgeous bombshell type. I’m still happy with this casting choice, though. I mean, April O’Neill was one of those cartoon girls that all of my brothers and best guy friends had a crush on… So, if you want authenticity, it kinda makes perfect sense to have one of the hottest women in the world play her. Right?
However, if Fox is to convince us of the gumshoe reporter’s extra-curricular powers, including her above-average intelligence, fighting and computer skills, oh and yeah, katana – she’d better have worked hard during filming! Let’s just hope that Megan’s attitude, looking great in yellow, and general social awkwardness can convince us all.