Seth Rogen’s TMNT Cast & Story Details Reveal Fan-Favorite Villains
Everyone’s favorite underground heroes are coming back in style with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem cast and story details. The upcoming animated film is one of two movie reboots in the works based on Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s beloved comic book characters. Produced by Seth Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is currently set for an August 2023 release.
After years of keeping specifics under wraps, Paramount and Rogen have revealed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem cast and story details. First shown during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Rogen announced Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon will play Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael, respectively. The group will also be joined by The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri as April O’Neil, Jackie Chan as Splinter and a host of fan-favorite villains with Giancarlo Esposito’s Baxter Stockman, John Cena’s Rocksteady, Rogen’s Bebop, Hannibal Buress’ Genghis Frog, Rose Byrne’s Leatherhead and Natasia Demetriou’s Wingnut. The plot description for the film reads as follows:
In addition to the fan-favorite villains, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem cast features multiple of the heroes’ allies, including Post Malone’s Ray Fillet, originally known as Man Ray, and Paul Rudd’s Mondo Gecko. Two of the more intriguing castings are that of Ice Cube as Superfly, a character theorized to be Baxter’s mutation, though Esposito playing the human scientist begs the question of needing two actors. The other is that of Maya Rudolph as Cinthia Utrom, the last name of which is generally associated with the creator of the mutagen and the alien species Krang is part of.
Regardless of how the latter two castings factor into the film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is already shaping up to be the best adaptation of the characters yet. Rogen has already promised that the movie will dive deeper into the teenage aspect of the heroes than previous incarnations, a point already emphasized by the age-appropriate castings, as well as the story of trying to be accepted by normal society.
The one point about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’s cast and story is the sheer amount of antagonists set to appear in the film. Though this could be seen as risking overstuffing the story, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has already shown an animated comic book movie can balance the inclusion of multiple fan-favorite villains without overwhelming the audience. It will become clearer how the movie looks to feature them all when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem trailer arrives on Monday.