'Sonic the Hedgehog': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the live-action adventure comedy
'Sonic the Hedgehog' has finally got a trailer out. The SEGA game character might have been a bit slow off the blocks in terms of getting some glimpses out, but a character poster revealing Sonic arrived in December while a marketing deck was leaked in March last year.
However, after long-running comic strips and animated series later, the bolt in blue is finally arriving on the big screen in February.
'Sonic the Hedgehog' will release on February 14.
According to the official synopsis, 'Sonic the Hedgehog' is a live-action adventure comedy based on the SEGA videogame franchise. The movie focuses on a bright, blue and brash hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds. Together with his human friend, Tom Wachowski, he tries to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik from capturing him and using his powers to take over the world.
The film sees 'Parks and Recreation' star Ben Schwartz voice the supersonic hedgehog. He was also known for voicing Dewey Duck in Disney's 'DuckTales' reboot. Jim Carrey of 'Bruce Almighty' fame plays Dr. Robotnik, the baddie from the video game series. 'Westworld' star James Marsden plays protagonist Tom Wachowski, the sheriff of Green Hills, while Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally are also part of the cast.
Jeff Howler will helm the film in what will be his feature directorial debut. He 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', and the plot will be based on the game developed by the SEGA Sonic team comprising Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, and Hirokazu Yasuhara.
The script, penned by Pat Casey and Josh Miller, will be backed by Neal Moritz, Mie Onishi, and Tim Miller, who will produce it.
The trailer opens with Sonic whizzing past Wachowski's car clocking some intense speeds leaving behind a blue shard of fiber as the only clue of his passing by. This is followed by a back shot of Sonic as he prepares for a sprint. Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik also makes an appearance in the trailer and what is a total WOW factor is the complete wackiness he brings to his character. The clip also gives us a glimpse of some of the famous gadgetry that Robotnik uses in the games which is replicated in the movie as well.
With 'Sonic' still months away from hitting the screens, all we can do is wait and watch for the speedster to break the speed record, if not the curse of video game movies. Watch this space for more updates on 'Sonic the Hedgehog'.