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Raphael cast in Michael Bay Turtles movie and first location confirmed

March 24th, 2013 by Marc Comments

Well, the casting moves ahead on Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie as we get the first hero in a half shell…

Yes, it looks like Raphael is the first to be cast with Alan Ritchson dawning the heavy CGI/motion capture of Raphael. He joins the already – cue the hate – cast Megan Fox as April O’Neill.

Ritchson has some nerd stripes already, having played Aquaman in Smallville, we’re guessing the suits from previous live-action TMNT movies are now a thing of the past and this time out the boys in green will be motion capture, presumably this means his voice will be the only – or mainly – identifiable part of his performance.

In other TMNT news, it seems the first confirmed location for the movie has been revealed. Yes, according to this link, ‘The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that the filmmakers producing next year’s “Ninja Turtles” movie will find out when they film some scenes at the closed Big Tupper Ski Area in Tupper Lake (pictured below).

“Village Mayor Paul Maroun says the movie company needed a closed ski resort and Big Tupper fit the bill. The ski mountain in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains has been closed because of financial problems.

“Up to 80 people are expected to work on the shoot, which begins next week.”

Are the ninjas leaving the sewers for the snow? Who knows how this will fit into the story… let the hate commence in 5… 4… 3… 2…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….