Megan Fox cast as April O’Neil in the Michael Bay-produced ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Will Perkins
Wide ScreenFebruary 22, 2013

Even after all these years, everyone’s favourite mutated heroes in a half-shell are still bringing people together.

Variety confirms that actress Megan Fox has joined the Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot due out next year. The 26-year-old actress, who most recently appeared in Judd Apatow’s “This is 40,” is set to play TV reporter and turtle pal April O’Neil in the update of the cult 1980s franchise.

Fox’s involvement in the project is somewhat surprising, given her very public feud with Bay just a few years ago. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, the actress infamously compared the “Transformers” director’s on-set behaviour to the likes of dictators Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler, and called him a “nightmare” to work for. Bay shot back with equally disparaging remarks about Fox, and later revealed that producer Steven Spielberg ordered her fired over the remarks. All that is apparently water under the bridge, as Bay announced on his official website that Fox would be part of the Jonathan Liebesman-directed “Ninja Turtles” project.

"TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!" the director wrote.

See also: Michael Bay's 'Ninja Turtles' will be nothing like the '80s cartoon we loved

The divisive project has faced a number of hurdles and a flurry of fan outcry on its journey to the big screen. The project was reportedly delayed indefinitely last year, but the recent Fox announcement obviously means that things are very much back on. Here's hoping that Fox and Bay can keep things cordial from now on.

Filming on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is set to start in April.

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