Every piece of news that has come out about Paramounts Sonic the Hedgehog movie has seemed surreal, and the latest cast announcement is no different: Ben Schwartz, of Parks and Recreation fame, will voice Segas speedy blue hedgehog. Schwartz will be joining a cast that includes Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik, and while we dont yet know who will be behind the franchises other classic characters, these two are bizarre enough picks to make anyone at least morbidly curious about the movie. According to Variety, the film, which is slated for a release in November 2019, will be a mix of live-action and CG. Directed by the Oscar-nominated Jeff Fowler, the movie will also feature James Marsden and Tika Sumpter. While Schwartz has voiced a number of cartoon characters before and will presumably be tasked with embodying Sonics spunky gotta go fast attitude, the only thing my mind can conjure thanks to this casting is a Dirtbag Sonic. Unfortunately, Sonic usually ends up being the hero who stops Robotnik from imprisoning other animals in the game, so its unlikely, but can you imagine the banter between Jean-Ralphio and an over-the-top Carrey? Shivers.
The 'Parks and Rec' actor joins Jim Carrey in the live action/animation hybrid. The Sonic live-action hybrid movie is happening, whether you like it or not. Not only has Jim Carrey confirmed that he's playing the villainous Doctor Eggman Robotnik, the project has also found its lead voice actor. According to Variety, Parks and Rec actor Ben Schwartz will voice the speedy hedgehog. While he's probably most known for his role in the show, House of Lies and various comedy skits, Schwartz also has considerable experience in voice work. He served as voice consultant for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, lent his voice to BB-8 and a character in BoJack Horseman, currently plays Dewey in DuckTales and will soon be heard as Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Sonic movie used to be a Sony project until the studio's rights expired and the project was picked up by Paramount. Deadpool director Tim Miller is still attached to the project, which is described as a "live-action and animation" hybrid. Other actors joining Carrey and Schwartz include James Marsden ( X-Men, Westworld) and Tika Sumpter ( Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Southside with You as Michelle Obama). Paramount expects to release the film on November 15th, 2019, so you have still have time to prepare yourself for disappointment or a pleasant surprise.