People have just barely started to quiet down regarding Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” movie, and the uproar regarding his omission of both the Teenage and Mutant aspects of the iconic Heroes in a Half Shell. But now, thanks to a seemingly off-handed Tweet and Tumblr post, TMNT fans have something totally new to freak out: The possible casting of rapper Kid Cudi as one of the reptilian heroes.
The whole thing started back on April 2, with an image posted to the social media savvy rapper’s Tumblr. At first glance, the image really just looks like a bald guy in Kirby-esque space-armor with a bitching double-fisted axe/hammer combo. But, when you scroll down to the image’s description things get more interesting. Mr. Cudi writes, “An original one of a kind sketch of a unknown Ninja Turtle by one half of the creators, Kevin Eastman. A gift given to me by my homies Andrew Form and Brad Fuller over at Platinum Dunes. Hint hint mane.”
And with that, the great “Ninja Turtles” casting speculation games had begun! Of course, Cudi’s “Hint hint mane,” could as easily refer to just the fact that the turtles now have Kirby-esque space-armor and bitching double-fisted axe/hammer combos, but the general consensus on the internet seems to be that it implies some type of involvement from Cudi in the film. Given the fact that Cudi has worked as an actor before, appearing on “How to Make it in America,” folks are tending to think that this might have been cast to play a character in the new movie. For our money though, we’d much rather see him update Vanilla Ice’s legendary “Ninja Rap” from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” or even the lesser known, but no-less awesome “Spin that Wheel (Turtles Get Real)” from the soundtrack to the first film. From Ya Kid K to Ya Kid Cudi – it just makes sense, you know?
The same day as he posted the turtles image, Cudi threw fuel on the speculation blaze by tweeting “I was skeptical as well, but by no means is this movie gonna suck. Huge fans will be happy.” Later, after the story started blowing up on various news sites, Brad Fuller, a producer on the film retweeted a story from The Huffington Post, which would seem to indicate that there’s either some truth to the rumor, or that Fuller has a good sense of humor about the entire thing.