Cowabunga, it's here and it's totally radical! A teaser trailer for Michael Bay's anticipated "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, starring Megan Fox, has been released.
The video shows Fox, as reporter April O'Neil, filming a chaotic fight scene on what appears to be a subway platform with her smartphone, glimpses of what appears to be the experiment that led to the accidental creation of the mutant Turtles, who are hero ninja warriors. We see The Shredder mask and the man who will wear it to become the famed villain, warrior and enemy of the Turtles. Unmasked, he tells April that he and her father were the ones who created them in a bid to make "heroes."
Later, O'Neil and later has a dramatic reaction when Turtle Michelangelo -- who is, we're happy to report, as good-natured as expected -- removes his orange mask. The Turtles appear via performance-capture technology, which has been used to portray characters such as Gollum / Smeagol in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies.
The four turtles -- Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael -- are played by Noel Fisher, known for his role as Mickey Milkovich in the Showtime series "Shameless," Pete Ploszek, who appeared on an episode of the show last year, Jeremy Howard, who portrayed Drew Lou Who in the 2000 film "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and Alan Ritchson, who recently played Gloss in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and portrayed Aquaman on the CW show "Smallville."
William Fichtner, known for roles in films such as "The Dark Knight" and "Black Hawk Down," plays The Shredder and Danny Woodburn stars as his arch nemesis Splinter, a mutant rat who is the Turtles' mentor. "Arrested Development" actor Will Arnett and "SNL" alum Abby Elliott play Vernon Fenwick and Irma Langinstein, who work with O'Neil at her news station, while Whoopi Goldberg plays their editor, Bernadette Thompson -- a nod to a past male counterpart, Burne Thompson.
The is the first big screen adaptation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird's popular 1980s comic that incorporates live action since the 1993 movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III." An animated film, "TNMT," hit theaters in 2007. Several animated TV shows have also aired over the years. In the teaser trailer, Fox sports a yellow jacket. In a 1990s series, O'Neil wore a yellow jumpsuit.
Bay had also directed Fox in the first two "Transformers" films.
Did you know? Judith Hoag, who played April O'Neil in the first "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie that was released in 1990, now stars in ABC's "Nashville" as Tandy Hampton, sister of Rayna James, Connie Britton's character.
Watch the teaser trailer for Michael Bay's 2014 movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" below. The movie is set for release on August 8.