Ben Schwartz will provide the Sonic the Hedgehog voice for the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie, according to Variety. James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey will also star in the November 15, 2019 release.
Schwartz currently voices Dewey Duck on Disney Channel’s DuckTales. He could recently be seen in the Blue Iguana movie and will next appear in the comedy Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish. He’s also voicing Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Jim Carrey (Kidding) will play the villain Dr. Ivo Robotnik (aka Doctor Eggman) in the adaptation of the SEGA video game series. He recently revealed that the character will be live-action in the film.
Planned for a worldwide release showcasing both live-action and CG animation elements, the feature film will be the first time Sonic has been adapted for the big screen. Developing the project since its inception as a producer as well as a production house, MARZA Animation Planet Co., Ltd., owned by SEGA Group, will be joined by an assembly of high-profile talent.
Jeff Fowler is directing from a script by Josh Miller. Producing is Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious films) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) is executive producing.
Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the “World Video Game Hall of Fame” in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.