Paramount Pictures has found the actor to voice Sonic in its upcoming film adaptation, and the choice couldn’t be more fitting.
As reported by Variety, Ben Schwartz will be taking on the role of the titular hero. Schwartz is best known for his role as the wild-haired and “technically homeless” John Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, but he’s also entrenched in the voice acting world. Currently, he voices Dewey Duck on Disney Channel’s Duck Tales reboot and will soon lend his talents to Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Leonardo.
Schwartz confirmed his casting on Twitter, promising fans of the long-running game series that he too loves Sonic. “I have been training by running, wagging my finger, and impatiently tapping my foot,” Schwartz wrote in his tweet. “Gotta go fast!”
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
While the actor won’t be appearing on screen, as Sonic will be a CGI character in the live-action movie, he will play off of several real-world performers. In the film, the speedy blue hedgehog will be teaming up with a small-town cop (Westworld‘s James Marsden). It will be up to the duo to save the town of Green Hills from the evil Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carrey. The Dumb and Dumber actor recently confirmed his version of Robotnik will be a live-action character, not CGI like Sonic.
The remainder of the plot is still under wraps, but first-time theatrical director Jeff Fowler has been revealed to be driving the picture. Deadpool director Tim Miller will executive produce, with Paramount handling distribution.
The Sonic the Hedgehog film will release in theaters on November 15th, 2019.