The cast list for the upcoming “Ninja Turtles” movie is coming together. After producer Michael Bay announced that Megan Fox was joining the cast, with many assuming she was playing the role of April O’Neil, the turtles human confidante, it was a matter of time before other casting news leaked out.
Deadline is reporting that “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star Alan Ritchson has grabbed one of the coveted turtle roles, starring as Raphael. The performances of the four turtles are expected to be motion-captured, as was done with “Avatar.” The original trilogy of movies featured stuntmen in bulky costumes, with actors providing just the voices.
It’s the second big role for Ritchson, who will play Gloss in the upcoming “Hunger Games” sequel. The character is one of the tributes in the annual games, along with stars Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), and Sam Claflin (Finnick O’Dair).
“Ninja Turtles” is scheduled for a June 2014 release.