The "Cowabunga!" crew is now complete, so start serving up the pizza! Nickelodeon's new 2D-animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found the voice cast for the fighting turtles and their allies.
The new 26-episode series is set to premiere in 2018, co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) under the voice direction of veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello; and Brandon Mychal Smith (You're The Worst) is set for Michelangelo. Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) has been tapped for the Turtles' friend and ally, April O'Neil; with Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) joining the cast as the Turtles' guardian and sensei, Splinter.
Here's what Nickelodeon has to say about the new series:
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.
For Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Animation, the voice actors represent a new direction that the network is looking to take the beloved franchise:
"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. 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise began as an independent comic book series in the mid-1980s, gaining popularity over the years and expanding into film, TV, and video games over the past three decades. Michael Bay produced a movie version starring Will Arnett and Megan Fox, who would go on to reprise their roles in the 2016 sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.