5:28pm PT by Aaron Couch
Ben Schwartz to Lead Paramount's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Movie
Ben Schwartz has some speedy shoes to fill.
The actor will voice star as Sonic the Hedgehog in the Paramount feature film based on the SEGA videogame character, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
He will square off against Jim Carrey's Doctor Eggman Robotnik, a mad scientist and arch enemy of the swift hedgehog. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter are also set to star in the film. Sonic made his debut in 1991 and was seen as SEGA's answer to rival Nintendo's mascot Mario. Sonic games have sold more than 360 million copies.
Jeff Fowler, who helmed the 2005 Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, is directing the movie, which will blend live-action and CGI elements. Neal H. Moritz is producing, with Deadpool director Tim Miller executive producing, along with Toby Ascher. Paramount has set a Nov. 15, 2019, release date.
Schwartz is known for roles on NBC's Parks and Recreation and Showtime's House of Lies, and also voice stars as Dewey Duck on Disney's DuckTales animated series. He also has already helped out with another high-profile movie character, that of BB-8 in the current Star Wars trilogy. Schwartz is repped by WME and attorney Tara Kole of Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.
Variety first reported the news.