'Sonic the Hedgehog': Jim Carrey to embody Doctor Robotnick - Deets inside!
Reportedly actors James Marsden and Tika Sumpter have already been cast for the film, which will be directed by Jeff Fowler.
Jim Carrey, who has recently come to be known as the artist, who paints president Donald Trump in truly bizarre scenarios, is going to put on his bad boy sunglasses and twirl his wannabe dictator mustache for the upcoming 'Sonic the Hedgehog' film. According to Deadline, the star is in talks with Paramount film to embody the supervillain Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik for the live-action/CSI adaptation of the Sega video game.
Carrey is currently exec producing the Showtime show 'I’m Dying Up Here' and will be seen starring in Showtime’s upcoming 'Kidding' set for premiere in September, which he is also exec producing.
Having appeared in almost every 'Sonic the Hedgehog' video game since his first appearance in the 1991 title, this mad scientist's goal in life is to conquer the world and turn it into a temple of his megalomania. It would be quite fascinating to see Carrey personify this egg-shaped villain whose signature, which has made him one of the most recognizable and popular gaming villains of all time, look involves a large mustache, red-black-yellow clothing, and pince-nez sunglasses.
Reportedly, 'Westworld' star James Marsden and Tika Sumpter, best known for 'Stomp the Yard: Homecoming,' have already been cast in the movie, which is pegged to be directed by Jeff Fowler. Meanwhile, there are reports suggesting that the studio is trying to get Paul Rudd to play Sonic's police officer friend named Tom before the filming begins at the end of July.
Fowler is best known for his work in animation, having been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film as writer and director of the animated short film Gopher Broke. Sonic the Hedgehog film would mark his theatrical directorial debut.
The script, penned by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, will be backed by Neal Mortiz, Mie Onishi, and Tim Miller, who will produce it. The gist of the plot is basically Sonic trying to stop the evil Dr. Eggman from realizing his plans for world domination and we will hopefully get to see it get realized on the big screen on November 15, 2019, in the US and November 28, 2019, in the UK and Australia.
Paramount is not playing around with this video game-to-movie project, despite the historically poor performances of movies inspired by video games at the box office. According to Movie Web, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' film has been given the luxury of a $90 million budget.
Other than the star cast and the huge budget, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' film does not seem like much of a box office success story, at this point. It remains to be seen if this movie will break the curse of video game movies.
Are you excited for this seemingly daring project by Paramount?