“Seinfeld” and “Mirror Mirror” actor Danny Woodburn is set to play the giant rat ‘Splinter’ in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot at Platinum Dunes.
As previously reported, the Turtles and Splinter will be shot mo-cap and graphics done afterwards, while the rest of the film (settings, other characters) are live-action.
Jonathan Liebesman is helming the project which stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil and Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek and Noel Fisher in the roles of the turtles.
Ritchson, who plays Raphael, was in attendance at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night and took the opportunity to defend the film from the naysayers. He tells THR:
“The frustrating thing for me since I’ve signed on is that you hear that it’s already got a reputation. I think people assume they know what it’s going to be about, and those people are wrong. The assumptions, everything you read online is wrong. You want to tell everybody how great it is, and you can’t really say why, but it is.”
Ritchson has done a lot of fight choreography for the film which is currently shooting. He adds: “We’re running around Manhattan, me and Megan Fox, her looking wonderful and me looking like some kind of ant with cameras all over my face.”
A presentation earlier today at CinemaCon by Paramount Pictures also confirmed that the film will not get a shortened title – it will be called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” after all.