With the current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series coming to an end, Nickelodeon is ready to move on to a whole new version. The network has now officially announced the voice cast of it’s brand new series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
This 2-D animated series will reimagine the ninja teens and pit them against brand new villains and bring them all new allies as they “discover a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City.” One of those big changes is that instead of the typical setup of Leonardo as the leader, the usually depicted as a hothead Raphael will now be the eldest brother and be the one holding the leader position.
For this series comes a new voice cast that includes Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re the Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Master Splinter.
“This incredible roster of voice actors provides a fresh take on these globally recognized characters, and they are going to bring this version of the Turtles to life in a whole new way,” said Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation Chris Viscardi.“We have reimagined the series to be filled with humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.”
The official descriptions for the new versions of the turtles are below:
The highly comedic voice cast shapes the team in a fresh way and breathes new life into the characters’ distinct personalities, including: Raphael, as the oldest and physically biggest brother, he is now the leader and his enthusiasm and bravado puts him front and center for most of their bizarre adventures; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, an unflappable mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; Michelangelo, the youngest brother, an artist and awesome skateboarder with a wild colorful, and imaginative personality; and the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker who is always ready to join in the fun. Additionally, Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) joins the cast as Splinter, both father figure and sensei to the Turtles.
Additionally Rob Paulson, who voiced Donatello in Nickelodeon’s CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Raphael in the original 1987 Turtles series, will be serving as the voice director for the series.
The 26-episode first season of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is expected to debut sometime in 2018.