Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are set to return to the small screen in September, and one of the pioneers of punk rock has just been announced as being part of the voice cast.
Johnny Rotten – the flame-haired, snarling frontman of legendary punks the Sex Pistols – is the latest big name to officially become involved with the new series, being produced by Nickelodeon, and called Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Naturally, he’s not going to be one of the turtles – no offence, Johnny, but our heroes in a half shell are as New York as they come, so Raph or Mikey suddenly developing a cockney accent might be a bit offputting.
Instead, Johnny will be voicing Meat Sweats, described as being “a power-hungry mutant pig”.
Further details about Meat Sweats are found on the Playmates Toys website – because of course there’s a new line of TMNT toys to go with the series – where he receives the following descriptor:
“Once a human celebrity chef, Meat Sweats is now an incredibly strong mutant pig with a menacing meat tenderizer hammer and arms made of strange tendrils that latch onto other mutants to absorb their power.”
Johnny joins something of a superstar cast set to voice villains in the series, with John Cena playing Baron Draxum, Lena Headey voicing Big Mama, and Kiwi legend Rhys Darby as Hypno-Potamus.
Cyma Zarghami, President of the Nickelodeon Group, said the new series will “take the characters in a different direction with more humour, a younger and lighter feel and all-new dimensions to explore”.
As for the thrust of the show, Nickelodeon say, “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will follow Leonardo, Raphael, 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.”