Nickelodeon has just it’s announced it’s all new 2D animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The cast features some fresh young faces, and familiar ones as well. Deadline gives a run down of the cast. Omar Miller (Ballers) will play the oldest brother Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation) is the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) portrays Donatello, an unflappable mechanical genius and tech wizard, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) is the youngest brother Michelangelo, an artist and awesome skateboarder, and Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) plays April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker. Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) also joins the cast as Splinter, both father figure and sensei to the Turtles.
This will be the first time in the history of the franchise that an African- American woman will play the turtle’s human friend April O’Neil.
Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series, while Andy Suriano serves as character designer, and Ant Ward as supervising producer.
Though the pictures of the cast that have been released are them in human form, the character art will debut by the end of this year. The show will premiere in 2018 and the first season will consist of 26 episodes.