Johnny Knoxville And Tony Shalhoub Replace Leonardo And Splinter Actors In TMNT Reboot

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TMNTbannerHere’s some surprising news- Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub are said to be replacing two of the voice actors in Jonathan Liebesman and Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Deadline is reporting that the two actors have been brought in to lend their voices in place of the actors who performed the motion capture for the film.

Deadline has learned that Pete Ploszek, who was originally announced as performing the motion capture for Leonardo as well as providing the voice, has been replaced by Johnny Knoxville. While Knoxville doesn’t seem like the first choice for the sword-wielding leader of the Turtles, it seems Paramount are keen on getting the Jackass and Bad Grandpa star on the project. Tony Shalhoub will be replacing Danny Woodburn as Master Splinter, the rat and father-figure of the four Turtles. We haven’t seen or heard a single thing about Splinter so far, so this one isn’t too big of a surprise.

Many thought it was odd that the film lacked star power when it came to Splinter and the four Turtles, and it sounds like the studio have realized that as well. Knoxville is hot off the Oscar-nominated Bad Grandpa (the nomination was for make-up, but it’s still an Oscar-nominated film) and Shalhoub is always great in whatever role he’s playing. The studio is saying they only thing they guaranteed the original Turtles actors who signed up for the film the job of the physical performance roles. It seems like the studio is very open to letting them do the motion capture and then bringing in new actors to voice the footage in the eleventh hour. There is a chance we could hear of a few more shake-ups before the film is released in August. What do you think about the switcheroo?

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