Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey are officially back in a new, reimagined version of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series — Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and we can’t wait to see what the new generation thinks of it.
Premiering new episodes every weekday this week at 6:30/5:30c on Nickelodeon, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the Turtles on different adventures as they master new powers, encounter absurd mutants and battle bizarre villains, each with their own motivations. Ranging from mystics, mutants and madmen, new creatures and villains emerge to take on the brothers in battles across New York City.
“Anytime you’re able to be apart of an iconic franchise like this, you’re just extremely excited, so everything drew me to this role,” Brandon Mychal Smith, who plays Mikey, a box turtle, tells Celeb Secrets. “I grew up watching the series as a kid and it’s truly an honor.”
In addition to Smith, the series’ voice talent is truly top-notch. Omar Miller (Ballers) plays Raph, a jagged-shelled snapping turtle; Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) plays Leo, a red-eared slider turtle; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) plays Donnie, a soft-shell turtle; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) plays April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker; Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) plays Splinter, the father figure and sensei to the Turtles; and WWE Superstar John Cena plays the villainous, Baron Draxum.
With a twenty-six episode season premiering this year, it looks like the TMNT are staying for awhile, as Nickelodeon already picked up the series for a second season back in July.
Learn more about Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by watching our interview with Brandon Mychal Smith below: