Last year, Deadpool director Tim Miller was tasked with bringing Sega’s video game icon, Sonic the Hedgehog, to the big screen. Now, veteran actor and comedian Jim Carrey may be lined up to portray Sonic’s ultimate nemesis.
According to Deadline, Carrey is in final negotiations to play Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog. While Sonic and other characters will be depicted with CGI, Carrey’s Robotnik will be one of the film’s live-action characters. Doctor Ivo Robotnik was introduced as Sonic’s primary villain in the very first game back in 1991, although he’s been more commonly called Eggman or Doctor Eggman. Regardless of his name, his long term goal has almost always revolved around the creation of a technological empire, and sometimes transforming animals and other creatures into his robotic servants. In the movie, Sonic will once again oppose Robotnik/Eggman’s dreams of world domination.
Carrey is no stranger to over the top characters, and he’s played villainous roles before, including the Riddler in Batman Forever and Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter have previously signed on for leading roles in Sonic the Hedgehog, while Miller is attached as a producer. Jeff Fowler is directing the movie from a script by Pat Casey & Josh Miller. It’s expected to begin filming later this year.
Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled to race into theaters on November 15, 2019.
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