The upcoming live-action-CGI hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog film might have found its Dr. Eggman, er, Robotnik.
According to a report from Deadline, actor Jim Carrey is currently in negotiations to star as the iconic villain in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming movie adaptation of the long-running game series. Both the studio and Carrey’s representation, WME, have yet to confirm the possible casting.
While Carrey is most known for his comedic roles in films such as The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Bruce Almighty, he has also previously appeared as somewhat nefarious but lighthearted characters, similar to Sonic’s nemesis. The actor portrayed a lively version of the Riddler in 1995’s Batman Beyond, as well as the titular grump turned good in 2000’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
If the casting is confirmed, Carrey will join Westworld‘s James Marsden and Southside with You‘s Tika Sumpter in the adaptation. Paramount previously announced first-time theatrical director Jeff Fowler will head the film, with 22 Jump Street‘s Oren Uziel and 12 Deadly Days‘ Patrick Casey and Josh Miller penning the script.
Paramount and producer Neal Moritz have kept the plot of the Sonic film under wraps, but it has been revealed it will follow a buddy cop format. Marsden has been rumored to play a small town cop aiding Sonic in his efforts to stop Robotnik’s latest plan for world domination. However, there hasn’t been confirmation on who will voice the popular blue hedgehog.
Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog film is set to hit theaters on November 15th, 2019.