Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is introducing Krang, the evil alien from Dimension X, to the new film continuity. Fans are largely pleased with Krang's look in the trailers so far, and many are excited to see how the character appears on screen with the voice of Fred Armisen (Portlandia) helping to bring him to life.
Unfortunately, that won't be what fans get when they hear Krang speak for the first time. Paramount has revealed that Krang will now be voiced by Brad Garrett (Fargo), not Armisen as was previously reported.
The Los Angeles Times confirms that Armisen is unable to work on the film due to scheduling issues and that Garret has been officially cast in his place. Armisen was previously announced as the voice actor of Krang by Out of the Shadows producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller at this year's WonderCon, with Fuller stating, “Anyone who loves Fred will love what he is doing.” This casting was never confirmed by Paramount, however, though many fans didn't notice since an announcement by the producers at a major event seemed to be all of the confirmation they would need.
Garrett is perhaps best known for his role on TV's Everybody Loves Raymond, where his deep voice helped to depict him as a grump to serve as a counterpoint to star Ray Romano. This makes him a bit of an odd choice for Krang, who was voiced in the classic cartoon series by Pat Fraley and is typically depicted as having a whining, nasally voice. It's possible that Garrett's voice will be digitally altered for the character, though even then it's unlikely that they would have chosen him if the studio didn't want Krang to have a deeper voice overall.
It will be interesting to see how the change in voice actor affects the way that Krang comes across onscreen. Looking at some of Armisen's past voicework, it was easy to picture him creating a fairly classic version of the character. Garrett will likely bring some power to Krang, though it may take some getting used to since that whine was such a part of the character's personality in the old cartoons. Garrett may even be able to make Krang menacing, which is something that Armisen likely wouldn't have been able to do with a more classic Krang voice.
Some fans will surely be upset by this news, since Krang's voice was such a large part of the character. With the film hitting theaters in just a few weeks, there's not much time left if Paramount wants to show off Garrett's voicework before the movie is released. It's possible that we'll get a preview to get used to the change before the film's wide release, but there's also a distinct possibility that fans will just have to be surprised once they're in their seats.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters June 3rd, 2016.
Source: The Los Angeles Times