Ben Schwartz will voice the titular character in Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog film.
Variety announced Schwartz’s casting, and the actor will join James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey in the live-action/CG hybrid film of the iconic SEGA property.
Helming the film is Jeff Fowler, who was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short Gopher Broke in 2005. He will work alongside producers Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher and Deadpool director Tim Miller.
The project was originally set up at Sony, but when the studio let its film rights lapse, Paramount picked up the project in October of last year.
For his part, Schwartz is very familiar with voicework, as he is currently voicing Dewey in Disney’s reboot of the classic series, Duck Tales, and later in the year, he will be voicing Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The actor took to Twitter to share his excitement at joining the film:
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! https://t.co/SOYqgnf3ym
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) August 9, 2018
Sonic the Hedgehog will see Sonic fight to stop Dr. Eggman (Carrey) from succeeding in his plans for world domination, after he imprisons animals in robots and steals magic Chaos Emeralds.
The film is set for release on November 25th 2019 in the US, and November 28th 2019 in the UK.