If you were a kid in the 1990s, when it came to video game systems, the choice was either the Super Nintendo or the Sega Genesis. Those that decided to take a break from Mario were introduced to a character that would become one of gaming’s greatest icons: Sonic the Hedgehog. And in 2019, Sonic will finally race onto the big screen for the first time, and now, thanks to Variety, we know he’ll be voiced by Ben Schwartz.
Schwartz joins an already stellar cast consisting of James Marsden (Westworld), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), and Jim Carrey (The Mask) as Dr. Robotnik, the live-action evil arch-nemesis to Schwartz’ CG animated Sonic. Our favorite hedgehog will find himself on the run and needing to team up with a small-town sheriff (Marsden) in order to get away from government officials in hot pursuit.
Schwartz is continuing his pattern of voicing blue themed cartoon characters from the 1990s, as he is currently the voice of blue-shirted Dewey on Disney’s DuckTales and blue-masked Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s latest incarnation of TMNT, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And Scwartz was obviously aware of this fact when he took to Twitter to announce his excitement for the new role:
“I. LOVE. 90S. BLUE. ICONIC. CHARACTERS. I am beyond excited about this movie. It’s gonna be amazing. I have been training by running, wagging my finger and impatiently tapping my foot. GOTTA GO FAST!” wrote Schwartz.
Look’s like he’s been doing his research, eh?
No word on who will be playing or voicing Tails, Knuckles, or even Shadow, but with a cast already this stacked, we can’t wait to see what Paramount has up its sleeve.
Sonic the Hedgehog, directed by Jeff Fowler, is scheduled for release on Nov. 15, 2019. What do you think of the cast thus far?