This week in casting news: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has added an unexpected cast member, an actor has been found for The Crow, minor additions to Guardians Of The Galaxy and Transformers 4, and Cinderella has found her prince.
*With filming well underway, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has added perhaps its most unexpected and welcome addition to the cast. William Fitchner, who will soon be seen as a villain in Disney’s The Lone Ranger, has joined the Michael Bay-produced adaptation as “a lead with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.” While no character has been named yet, it’s being widely speculated that Fitchner is playing the villainous Shredder. Megan Fox stars as April O’Neil, with Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Will Arnett and Danny Woodburn also on board. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to hit theaters June 6th, 2014. [Deadline]
*This casting story actually broke last weekend, so forgive the delay. After a long search, Relativity Media has finally found an actor to star in The Crow remake: Luke Evans, who will be seen this year as the villain in Fast & Furious 6 and as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Due to the actor’s busy schedule (he was actually the original choice to play Eric Draven), production will now begin early next year. Evans was recently cast in the lead role for Universal’s Dracula Year Zero, which hits theaters August 2014. [Deadline]
*The following tweet has since been deleted for unknown reasons, but actor Enzo Cilenti (Kick-Ass 2) stated the following earlier this week. “I may or may not be in #Guardiansofthegalaxy. I am sworn to secrecy so can’t say. In entirely unrelated news, “I am”.” Of course, his role is unknown, but Cilenti joins an impressive cast which includes Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker and Lee Pace. Guardians Of The Galaxy is set to hit theaters August 1st, 2014. [Comic Book Movie]
*Underworld actress Sophia Myles is the latest to join Michael Bay’s fourth Transformers film, which will begin filming next month. She will reportedly play a scientist in a major supporting role. Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammar star in the Paramount Pictures production, which is set to hit theaters June 27th, 2014. [The Wrap]
*Disney announced this week that Game Of Thrones actor Richard Madden has landed the role of the Prince in the live action Cinderella adaptation. “Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) has been cast as the Prince in Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella. As previously announced, the film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and features Lily James in the title role.” Production may begin this fall.