'Voltron Force' premieres in June with new theme song by Swizz Beatz

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Fans of the "Voltron" franchise who have been waiting for the Nicktoons animated remake of the popular eighties cartoon will be very excited to hear that the series now has a premiere date.

Zap2it has learned exclusively that "Voltron Force" will premiere on Thursday, June 16 on Nickelodeon. 

And that's not all we have learned. It appears that Grammy-winning hip-hop artist, Swizz Beatz, pictured left in the studio, has recorded the remake's theme song, which will make its debut in a promo running on Monday, April 18.

Previously scheduled for a 2010 premiere, fans have been waiting for the remake with anticipation. Art from the new iteration  was released in March and fans were happy to see that it doesn't stray too far from the original in its style.

"Voltron: Defender of the Universe," the original series adapted from Japanese animation, was an instant hit among viewers in the mid-eighties and was followed by huge merchandising sales. Its five characters each controlled a robotic lion. When combined, they created the robot Voltron.

In the new series, Voltron and a few new recruits are needed once again to "combat a rising evil in the galaxy and a tyrant from within."

Are you looking forward to the "Voltron" remake and Swizz Beatz's take on the theme song?
Photo/Video credit: Nicktoons