The saga of the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Alien Mutant Ninja Turtles continues on today as we learn that the role of Raphael has been cast for the upcoming movie.

Readers may recognize the face or name of Alan Ritchson from his role of Aquaman from the WB’s “Smallville.” Ritchson also has a role in the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire sequel. The actor will is the first name attached to the film since news broke that Megan Fox would have a role as well. Ritchson will be acting inside a mo-cap suit, which destroys my hope that the suits from the 90’s movies would be making a return.

Jonathan Liebesman is directing the movie that has a release date in 2014.

via Deadline


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  1. this might be a dumb question, but why are they hiring name actors (or even “oh hey, it’s that guy” actors) for the characters? why not just hire four martial artists/stuntpeople for the motion capture work, and then have actors come in for a week of voice work? i know common sense doesn’t work in hollywood, but whatever.

  2. Okay, so this guy was horrible in Smallville. However, I have to say he did a suprisingly good job in Blue Mountain State in what could have been your run of the mill one-dimensional dumb jock. Instead, he managed to create a character that could believably straddle the line from jerkward antagonist to sympathetic protagonist as the plot demanded while being consistantly funny at the same time.

    Actually, kind of sounds a lot like Raphael.

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