Kevin Michael Richardson Discusses THUNDERCATS; Says Will Friedle Is Lion-O (UPDATED) Emmanuelle Chriqui is Voicing Cheetara

     March 8, 2011


A few weeks ago we brought you footage from the first trailer for Cartoon Network’s rebooted Thundercats animated series. Today, we have what seems to be casting confirmation from the new voice of Panthro, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show). While discussing the upcoming series, Richardson claims that the voice of Lion-O is being provided by Will Friedle. Probably best known (by me at least) for his turn as Eric Matthews in ABC’s long-running sitcom Boy Meets World, Friedle also has an extensive amount of voice acting credits under his belt with series’ such as Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman Beyond, and Kim Possible.

In addition to Richardson and Friedle, Emmanuelle Chriqui also revealed that she is lending her pipes to an unidentified character for the new-look Thundercats via her recent interview with us. For more on what Richardson had to say about the series, hit the jump to check out his video interview.

UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with the studio that Emmanuelle Chriqu is the voice of Cheetara.

During his interview with MTV Splash Page, Richardson not only confirmed Friedle’s role as Lion-O but also attempted to ease the minds of loyal fans of the original Thundercats series, saying:

“The special effects, the direction, and the acting are just superb. So, I must tell you, I love the original and I don’t really like, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, but from what I’ve worked on already, I’m very impressed.”

For your viewing pleasure, here’s Richardson’s interview with MTV: