Johnny Rotten to star in Ninja Turtles series
Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten is set to voice a “power hungry” mutant pig in the cartoon series Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The singer – real name John Lydon – will take up the role of the villain Meat Sweats in the Nickelodeon series which starts in September on Channel 5 and Nicktoons.
The 62-year-old’s part in the show was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, where the show’s makers also revealed a trailer for the animated series.
American wrestler John Cena joins the list of guest stars too, playing another villain called Baron Draxum along with Game of Thrones star Lena Headey who will play a huge spider mutant called Big Mama.
Actor and comedian Rhys Darby joins the cast playing a mutant magician hippo by the name of Hypno-Potamus.
The new series is the fourth animated version to be produced based on the comics and 1980s cartoon about the crime-fighting New York turtles.
Six films – five of which were live-action productions – have also been made based on the franchise.
According to the makers, in the new series the four Ninja Turtles will “encounter absurd mutants and battle bizarre villains, each with their own motivations” while they “discover a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City”.