Ben Schwartz will voice Sonic in an upcoming live action and computer generated Sonic the Hedgehog movie, according to Variety.
Schwartz is best-known for his role as Jean Ralphio on Parks and Recreation and is currently voicing Dewey in the Ducktales reboot. He will also voice Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
“I am beyond excited about this movie
The Sonic movie, which is scheduled for a November 2019 premiere, will also star Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik, Tika Sumpter, and James Marsden as a police officer who recruits Sonic to help him stop the evil Doctor Robotnik.
Jeff Fowler, who received an Oscar nomination for his animated short “Gopher Broke” in 2005, will direct the film. It will be produced by Neal H. Moritz, with Deadpool director Tim Miller and Toby Ascher producing.
After Sony let its rights to the film lapse, Paramount picked them up in October.
Sega’s first Sonic game was launched in 1991 and has sold more than 360 million copies, including packaged and digital games on a variety of consoles and other devices. The game features Sonic on a mission to defeat Doctor Robotnik, who steals magical Chaos Emeralds and imprisons animals inside of robots. The plot of the movie has not yet been disclosed, and it is unclear how closely it will follow the plot of the classic games.