A couple of months back, we shared information about a brand new series starring the Ninja Turtles. Titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon’s upcoming 2D-animated series now has a voice cast.
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
Eric Bauza (Lego Star Wars) as Master Splinter
Rob Paulsen, who previously voiced Donatello in the 2012 series and Raphael in the original, will be the voice director on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The principal voice cast was chosen due to their comedy chops, as Nickelodeon is re-imagining the franchise to include lots of “humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.” In this iteration, the roles of the turtles are slightly switched around:
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.
Nickelodeon has also shared this logline for the 26-episode first season:
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.
The series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to debut on Nickelodeon in 2018.