Jackie Chan’s career spanning almost half a century began in the decade before his first breakout film, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow in 1978. It was among the wooden floorboards of theatre stages and in the company of his performing group, the Seven Little Fortunes, that the Hong Kong actor cultivated his love and passion for the film and music industry.
Now with more than 150 movies to his name, including his early Hong Kong films, Jackie Chan stands as not only one of the most recognizable faces in the world but also one of the highest-paid actors when it comes to action and martial arts projects paired with slapstick comedy, impeccable timing, and original stunts.
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Jackie Chan Finds a Home Among the Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a genre all on its own. Whether in the animated genre or live-action, the IP has become a part of our popular culture, exceeding latitudes and longitudes, and demographies and vernaculars. For an IP as beloved as this, it was only time until one of the most treasured, skilled, and famously lovable cast came along in unison and decided to put their voices together to get the project going.
As such, it is only natural that Jackie Chan – the honorary master of martial arts in the movie industry – finds a place in the cast of Jeff Rowe’s upcoming animated film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Among the proliferation of mutants, villains, heroes, and sidekicks, Jackie Chan stars at the very top as Master Splinter to the infamous ninja turtles. And the fans couldn’t be happier for the 68-year-old.
Jackie Chan has been cast as Splinter in ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM’. pic.twitter.com/3NOmRfapJt
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) March 5, 2023
I support this choice
— Zeke’s Spoon (@SpoonOfZeke) March 5, 2023
Jackie Chan as Master Splinter is peak casting in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem! pic.twitter.com/gyElcuk80q
— Josh ❤️ M3GAN & Glass Onion #BlackLivesMatter (@supermangeek101) March 5, 2023
Yooo, talk about childhood nostalgia being combined. I also back this 100%
— James McMahon (@jsmcmahon21) March 5, 2023
The Earth is healing pic.twitter.com/SxJnI8mQDy
— King_Tyi (@tyi_king) March 5, 2023
Perfect and Genius casting for Splinter, Jackie Chan is gonna do great as him
— Johnny (@johnny_marrero) March 5, 2023
The cast, as of now, is comprised of Seth Rogen (Bebop), John Cena (Rocksteady), Paul Rudd (Mondo Gecko), Rose Byrne (Leatherhead), Giancarlo Esposito (Baxter Stockman), Icecube (Superfly), Maya Rudolph (Cynthia Utrom), Hannibal Buress (Genghis Frog), and Ayo Edebiri (April O’Neil).
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TMNT: Mutant Mayhem – What We Know
With Master Splinter and April O’Neil to fit into the puzzle, the four TMNTs can’t be too far away. With Jackie Chan as Splinter leading the group into yet another action adventure, Leo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael have returned to trace the screens with their incredible dynamic.
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The film is set to follow the adventures of the TMNT as they fight to protect New York City from the mayhem and chaos that is unleashed upon it by an army of mutants. Nicolas Cantu, Shamon Brown Jr., Micah Abbey, and Brady Noon will voice Leo, Mike, Donatello, and rebel Raphael respectively.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will premiere on 4th August 2023.