The strange saga surrounding Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot just took another turn, and things are getting even weirder. If you can believe it.
The studio has cast Johnny Knoxville (Jackass, Bad Grandpa) to voice Leonardo, while Tony Shalhoub (Monk) has been added to voice Splinter in the Jonathan Liebesman-directed film. The voices will apparently be dubbed in post-production, as Pete Ploszek played the live-action role of Leonardo and Danny Woodburn played Splinter.
A report at Deadline notes that the studio was always open to adding voice actors, and considering the admittedly mixed reaction to that first trailer, it seems they may be entering damage control mode to try and salvage the perception. We’re obviously a bit mixed on whether Knoxville is the right direction or not. Sure, he’s a funny guy, but at 43 he definitely doesn’t fit the “teenager” requirement.
There have been some rumors the film might be delayed for reshoots, but Bay (who is producing) refutes that claim. As far as we know, the film is still set to open Aug. 8. Do you think Knoxville is a good move?