Ant-Man star Paul Rudd is reportedly being eyed for a lead role in the live-action/CGI adaptation of video game series, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sonic has starred in dozens of games since his creation in 1991, and with audiences captured by the side-scrolling adventures focusing on the hedgehog’s super speed, the character quickly became SEGA’s flagship character. With a strong fanbase that still exists over twenty years later, Sonic properties are still fairly successful, with the hedgehog and friends currently starring in the animated series, Sonic Boom.

That Hashtag Show has reported that Paul Rudd is reportedly being eyed for a leading role in the upcoming film, and is expected to be playing Tom “a cop who befriends Sonic and will likely team up to defeat the evil Robotnik.”

Plot details have been kept firmly under wraps, but if this report is correct, then the film’s villain will be Robotnik, known to the fans as “Dr. Eggman” – which wouldn’t be surprising, as Eggman is generally the main antagonist in most of the Sonic comics and games.

Directed by the Oscar-nominated animator/filmmaker Jeff Fowler, and based on a script from Josh Miller and Patrick Casey, Sonic the Hedgehog was originally set to be produced by Sony, but is now currently in development at Paramount Pictures.

Sonic the Hedgehog is set to begin filming in Vancouver this summer, in time for a 2019 release.

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