UPDATE: We’ve now learned via Variety that Westworld’s James Marsden has landed the lead role in Sega and Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog adaptation. Marsden will presumably play the role of sarcastic police officer Tom, who will aid Sonic on his quest to stop Dr. Eggman.
The original article can be found below.
Sonic the Hedgehog has made quite a name for himself in the video game industry, and Paramount is set to bring the beloved blue rodent to Hollywood next year with the release of the character’s first ever big budget film. Just yesterday, we learned that Paul Rudd was in the running for the film’s leading role. However, it looks as if things are shifting behind the scenes, as Rudd is no longer the front runner to co star with Sonic and his colorful friends.
That Hashtag Show has learned that veteran comedy stars such as Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Jason Segal, and Ed Helms are being eyed for the role of Tom, a highway patrol cop who befriends the impatient and quick witted blue blur. Tom is also described as being sarcastic, so there’s no doubt that the pair will have a hard time getting along while trying to stop the evil Dr. Eggman.
The film will begin shooting on July 30th in Vancouver, and will wrap in late October. The budget is said to sit around $90 million. First time director Jeff Fowler will oversee the production, with Deadpool director Tim Miller on board as producer.
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Sonic the Hedgehog will hit theaters on November 15, 2019.
Source: That Hashtag Show