West Newbury’s John Cena Will Star in Upcoming ‘Ninja Turtles’ Movie
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You can't see him. But you'll hear him!
West Newbury’s own John Cena will voice dreaded, mutant rhinoceros Rocksteady in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, according to Deadline. Seth Rogen will voice his partner in crime, the mutant warthog Bebop.
Cena – who was once able to walk along the Hampton Beach strip unbothered as a relatively unknown WWE Superstar – makes his big return to the ring tonight in Boston (despite one dummy’s prediction he would jump to rival AEW).
The new Ninja Turtles film is described as an original story, will not be a sequel or prequel to any previous films, and is CG-animated. It’s set to be released this coming August.
It’s also a big year for the Turtles, as 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the cartoon that was created in Dover, New Hampshire, by college classmates Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.
The Turtles initially began as a comic book series, parodying other superheroes and villains. The comics sold rapidly, then came the key to mainstream success in the '80s: a toy deal.
However, there's a bit of controversy, as Northampton, Massachusetts, has declared itself the supposed "birthplace" of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (despite numerous pieces of evidence that point to Dover).
In addition, Northampton has faced scrutiny for using COVID-19 relief funds to pay for an art installation paying tribute to the Turtles' 40th anniversary.
If you want Cena's take, hit up his favorite restaurant on Route 1 after tonight's show (and while you're there, ask if they have any extra sneakers for you).