Yes, a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie is in production, and the cast is starting to trickle out online. Since then, Sonic has spawned endless video games, cartoons, and even the longest running comic book based on a video game. According to early reports, the film will be a live-action hybrid, focusing on Sonic's time as "a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman". Other than his role in Parks & Rec, Ben Schwartz has done voicing on classic characters including Dewey Duck in Disney Channel's current reboot of Duck Tales.
Schwartz is certainly an in-demand voice actor now, and perhaps not coincidentally, this facet of his career really took off after the actor lent his voice to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
When asked about how Carrey will recreate Dr. Robotnik, the actor and comedian shouted his solution to the TCA crowd. Whether or not it lives up to the hype remains to be seen, but it's nice to see that Schwartz seems genuinely confident about the project. We're noticing a lot of blue with this one. He joins a cast that includes James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey.
Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled to start filming this year, with a planned release date of November 15, 2019.
The film is being directed by Jeff Fowler, with Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Deadpool director Tim Miller serving as producers.
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