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The long-awaited live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie has finally cast its lead male and female roles.
Whilst there were some rumours circling around that it would be Paul Rudd who would voice the Blue Blur, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that none other than James Marsden has secured the role.
Having risen to prominence in the original X-Men movies as Cyclops/Scott Summers, and recently starring as Teddy Flood on the HBO ‘Game of Thrones‘ killer, Westworld, Marsden will certainly bring a strong sense of leadership as well as an air of cool to the role. And, considering the source material, those are definitely two traits that will be necessary for the role.
As for the lead female role, Tika Sumpter, whom fans may recognise from The Haves and the Have Nots, as reported by The Source. There’s no confirmation as to who Sumpter will play (there’s no guarantee she’ll voice Sonic’s overly keen, wannabe girlfriend, Amy Rose), but as more news is announced, we’ll be able to confirm the roles.
The upcoming Paramount film will blend live-action and CGI sequences to bring SEGA‘s iconic mascot to the big screen. Whilst details about the film are currently limited, we do that Neal H. Moritz is set to produce, and former Deadpool director Tim Miller is onboard as executive producer, alongside Toby Ascher.
Sonic will also be directed by Jeff Fowler, making his feature film debut. Previously, Fowler has worked as a visual effects artist as well as a filmmaker, being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2005 film Gopher Broke.
The original draft for the movie’s script was penned by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, with Oren Uziel writing the most recent update.
With SEGA recently announcing a brand new Sonic racing game – Team Sonic Racing – at this year’s E3 (as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog branded toaster…seriously), there’s plenty of interest in the Blue Blur right now, and a feature-length film will be the icing on the cake for one of gaming’s most iconic characters.