A couple weeks ago, Michael Bay took to his blog to announce that he’d buried the hatchet with Megan Fox and had casted her in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot he’s producing, which is being directed by Battle Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman.
In subsequent days, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed everyone’s worst fears: Megan Fox was going to play April O’Neil. It’s important to note that co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have two very different takes on this new film.
Eastman has been very supportive of the film, but then again he’s been involved in the film all along. On the other hand, Laird has been critical about the whole thing – kinda like the fanbase.
On his blog, Laird expressed his thoughts on the Fox casting:
My only exposure to Megan Fox as an actress is through her role in two “Transformers” movies and the wretched (but happily forgettable) “Jennifer’s Body”. It may not be fair to judge her range of acting skills just from those three movies, but I think it is safe to say that there are probably hundreds of better choices for the role of April O’Neil. Of course, her name has promotional value, and maybe that’s what they want. Who knows? I can’t get myself too worked up about it.
He’s certainly right: there are much better options than Fox. Slashfilm notes an earlier Variety report (the story has since gone missing on their newly designed website) that mentioned that Anna Kendrick, Jane Levy and Elizabeth Olson were all considered for the part.
Each one of those three is more suited to the classical interpretation of O’Neil than Fox. Although we must remember that this is a Michael Bay production and, even though he’s not directing, this is going to have a lot of explosions and hot models. So par for the course there.
Basically, if you had any expectations for this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to resemble the ones of your youth, erase those. Just… wait and see. But don’t get excited. You might set yourself up for disappointment. [Peter Laird via /Film]