Ben Schwartz set as 'Sonic the Hedgehog'

Paramount Pictures‘ upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie has found its star! Variety reports that Ben Schwartz, best known as obnoxious Pawnee citizen Jean-Ralphi on “Park and Recreation,” will lend his voice to SEGA‘s 8-bit speedster. Schwartz joins a cast that includes James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey.

Although an official plot description for “Sonic the Hedgehog” has not yet been revealed, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos dropped a few hints about what to expect, speaking at the Producer Guild of America‘s Produced By conference this past June.

“[Sonic is] a juvenile delinquent on the adventures in a pretty straight rural environment with a local policeman,” said Gianopulos (via Deadline).

The film is expected to merge animation and live action with Sonic appearing as a CGI character. Marsden will play the policeman with Carrey set as Sonic’s arch nemesis, Dr. Robotnik (or Dr. Eggman in the original Japanese).

“Sonic the Hedgehog” made his video game debut in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis console. Since then, the game series has exceeded 360 million units sold between packaged and digital downloads. The new film may mark the first “Sonic” movie, but it’s not the first time the character has been seen on the big screen. Sonic made cameo appearances in both 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph” and, earlier this year, in “Ready Player One”.

Schwartz is no strange to voicing cartoon animals. He currently plays Dewey (of Huey, Dewey and Louie) on Disney‘s new “Ducktales” series.

Look for “Sonic the Hedgehog” to hit the big screen November 15, 2019.