Transformers actress Megan Fox has joined the cast of Ninja Turtles, the upcoming movie based on the comic book characters.
The film’s producer Michael Bay made the announcement last night in a one-line post on his blog, saying: “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”. It has since been confirmed that Fox will appear as the Turtles’ human companion April O’Neil.
O’Neil was played by Judith Hoag in the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and by Paige Turco in the two sequels.
In the Ninja Turtles universe, O’Neil is a feisty reporter for Channel 6 News who befriends the Turtles after they prevent her from being attacked by a gang of thugs.
Fox and Bay, who worked together on Transformers in 2007 and its 2009 sequel Revenge of the Fallen, had an almighty falling out following the latter film’s release, after Fox publicly compared Bay to Adolf Hitler.
However, the pair recently reconciled over a number of meetings, according to sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter.
Ninja Turtles is currently in the casting stage of development. Producers have recently been testing relative unknowns for the roles of the titular reptiles, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo, who will make it to the big screen via motion capture techniques.
Bay, who directed Bad Boys and Armageddon as well as the rebooted Transformers series, found himself in hot water with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans last March, when he revealed plans for the Turtles to be reimagined as aliens rather than mutants in the new film.
He was forced to defend the film again in September 2012, when a leaked script of Ninja Turtles appeared online and was harshly criticised by TMNT creator Peter Laird.
At the time, Bay said: “The leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I… was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago.”
Ninja Turtles, which will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, is currently slated for release on May 16 2014.