EXCLUSIVE: Last week, I broke that Paramount Pictures had set The Hunger Games: Catching Fire newcomer Alan Ritchson to play Raphael in the reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Allow me to lift the shell off who’ll be playing the other three turtles. I’m told that Pete Ploszek will play Leonardo, Jeremy Howard will play Donatello and Noel Fisher will play Michaelangelo in the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film. Now, the turtles in the original movies were kind of interchangeable, stuffed into those cheesy costumes, but this is supposed to be a more sophisticated Avatar-like approach. It should give the quartet better exposure, especially since Paramount views this as a franchise. Megan Fox was already set as female lead, and they will lock the bad guy Shredder shortly. Paramount has already dated Ninja Turtles for June 6, 2014.
Ploszek came out of the USC Masters program and has done guest appearances on Parks And Recreation and Shameless, and he’s repped by Gersh and Principal LA.
Howard I don’t know much about, but I’m sure his reps will educate me shortly.
Fisher played a strong role in Hatfields & McCoys, and he was in the cast of the final Twilight Saga film and also appeared in Liebesman’s Battle Los Angeles. He’s repped by UTA and New Wave Entertainment.