Westworld's James Marsden Will Star in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: Report

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Westworld's James Marsden Will Star in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie: Report

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James Marsden as Teddy in Westworld season 2

Highlights
  • Sonic the Hedgehog movie is out November 2019
  • Westworld's James Marsden will star
  • Film will be a live-action/animation hybrid

Sonic the Hedgehog is getting his own movie, with James Marsden (Westworld) set to star, according to a new report. Paramount had earlier decided on a release date: November 15, 2019.

According to sources close to Variety, Marsden has been picked to feature in the Sonic film, which will be a combination of live action and animation. Paramount got the rights last year, and chose visual effects artist Jeff Fowler, an Oscar nominee for his 2004 animated short film Gopher Broke, as the director.

Marsden will reportedly play a sarcastic cop named Tom, who becomes friends with the blue anthropomorphic hedgehog, and the two team up to take down Sonic's main villain, Doctor Eggman.

The Sonic movie has been written by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller, who co-wrote 12 Deadly Days for YouTube Red. It will be produced by Neal H. Moritz under his Original Film label, with Deadpool director Tim Miller as executive producer, alongside Toby Ascher (Sleeping Dogs). Dmitri Johnson (Life is Strange) and Dan Jevons (We Happy Few) will co-produce.

It'll be the first time Sega's famous video game character, created by Yuji Naka, Naoto Ohshima, and Hirokazu Yasuhara in 1991, will get his own movie. Sonic's only previous appearance on the big screen includes Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, where he appeared alongside his best friend and side-kick Tails, and Eggman.

Sonic has had a much longer history on television, appearing in seven different shows between 1993 and 2014. Sonic games have sold over 350 million copies to date, including digital downloads and packaged software.

Marsden is best known for his role as gunslinger android Teddy Flood in HBO's Westworld, which is currently in its second season. He played the mutant Cyclops aka Scott Summers in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men (2000), and also starred in Superman Returns (2006).

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Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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