Her role hasn't been confirmed yet but it's likely she'll be playing female lead April O'Neil

Megan Fox has joined the cast of the controversial new Ninja Turtles movie.

The film’s producer Michael Bay broke the news on his website, posting: “TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!”

Fox’s role has yet to be officially announced, but it is likely she will star as jumpsuit-sporting reporter April O’Neil. April was played by Judith Hoag in the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, before a different actress, Paige Turco, took over for two sequels.

Fox’s casting comes as a surprise given her fraught relationship with Bay in the past. The actress starred in the first two Transformers movies, directed by Bay, but was later fired from the franchise after claiming in an interview that Bay behaved like ”a tyrant” on set and comparing him to Adolf Hitler.

However, Bay is only serving as a producer on the Ninja Turtles movie, with Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) set to direct. Filming is due to begin this April in New York.

The project has already attracted its fair share of controversy. Last March (2012), when Bay revealed plans to re-imagine the turtles as aliens, he was accused of “sodomising” the original films by Robbie Rist, the actor who voiced Michaelangelo. Bay later spoke out to reassure fans.

Then in September (2012), a leaked script began circulating online and got savaged by Peter Laird, co-creator of the original TMNT comic books. Bay stepped in again, writing on his website: “The leaked script for Ninja Turtles that different sites continue to comment on was written well before I… was involved with the project. That script saw the shredder a long time ago.”

Ninja Turtles was originally scheduled for release this Christmas (2013), but has now been pushed back to May 16 2014 – the same day as the new Godzilla movie from Warner Bros.