It’s hard to believe, but the live-action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog movie is well on its way to becoming a reality. Filming kicked off a month ago with Jim Carrey cast as the villainous Dr. Robotnik and James Marsden as the sheriff of Green Hills, but now we have official confirmation on the casting for the film’s most important character. That’s right: we have our Sonic.
Variety put out a report yesterday announcing that Ben Schwartz has been cast as the titular blue hedgehog. Schwartz (perhaps best known as Parks and Recreation‘s obnoxious Jean-Ralphio) has a voice acting resume that includes Dewey in the DuckTales reboot, Rutabaga Rabbitowitz from BoJack Horseman, and a handful of other minor characters.
Shortly after the Variety report went live, Schwartz took to Twitter to confirm the news. Schwartz expressed excitement over voicing the gaming icon and joked about imitating a classic Sonic taunt in preparation for the role.
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