James Marsden will star in the film adaptation of Sonic The Hedgehog, Variety reports. It’s unclear what role the Westworld actor will play, and whether he’ll voice the iconic character or act as one of those ill-advised humans from later Sonic games.
A hybrid live-action / animated Sonic film has been on the books since 2014 with little forward progress. It’s the first time Sonic will get his own film, though he’s made appearances on-screen in movies like Wreck-It Ralph. The character has struggled in recent years to resuscitate his cool image, while the long-running game franchise continues to whiff on successful releases. Online, Sonic memes can take a bizarre or even toxic turn.
Jeff Fowler is directing the film, which is expected to hit theaters in 2019. Deadpool director Tim Miller is attached as an executive producer.