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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows boasts a large cast, but it’s not just filled with famous characters from the mythology of the reptilian heroes. The movie is also including a decent amount of cameos, like the New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony. One of the people who was supposed to peek their head into the movie was Judith Hoag, the actress who played April O’Neil in the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. However, longtime Turtles fans will be disappointed to learn that Hoag will not be featured as originally intended.
As Comic Book Resources mentioned in their review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Hoag’s cameo has been removed from the movie. No details about her role were ever disclosed, but set photos showed her in a scene with Megan Fox, who’s playing the current April O’Neil. Alas, moviegoers won’t see her on the big screen, but there’s a good chance her scene(s) will be among the deleted scenes included on the Blu-ray/DVD and digital release. Oh well, at least the actress got to enjoy some pizza while shooting in New York City.
Just like in the 1980s animated series, Judith Hoag’s April O’Neil in the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was a TV reporter whose world was rocked when she learned this world contained four humanoid turtles who were badass martial artists. Getting mixed up between them and the Foot Clan, she developed a close connection with the Turtles and eventually became part of their family. Hoag was replaced by Paige Turco in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. In the years since hanging out with the Turtles, Hoag’s notable roles include playing Cindy Dutton Price on Big Love and Tandy Hampton on Nashville, along with guest spots on The X-Files, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and more.
Although Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will feature a lot of characters returning alongside the Turtles, like their master Splinter and Vernon Fenwick, there are quite a lot of new faces involved as well. These players include fellow vigilante Casey Jones; Shredder’s daughter Karai; mutated minions Bebop and Rocksteady; scientist Baxter Stockman; and the alien Krang. There hasn’t been any word yet on whether a third movie in this series will follow in the near future, but if it does, maybe the crew can bring back Judith Hoag for a cameo or supporting role. This time, just make sure her appearance makes the final cut.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows finally arrives in theaters this Friday.