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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I know what you’re thinking — “Thank goodness. I was worried that, with Paul Rudd out of the role that they wouldn’t actually go through with the film.” Rest easy. There is apparently too much money to be made NOT to do a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Now, according to Variety, Westworld actor James Marsden (who many fans know as Cyclops from the original X-Men trilogy) has signed onto the film.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t specify the role Marsden will be taking on, but given the recent Paul Rudd news, it seems safe to say he will be taking on that same role. This role would NOT be the voice of Sonic, but rather a companion human character. From what we know, this character would be a cop who would team up with Sonic to take on the evil Doctor Robotnik.

Sonic the Hedgehog is based on the long-running SEGA video game franchise of the same name, featuring the Blue Blur himself (along with friends like Tails and Knuckles — whose involvement in the film are currently unknown).

The film will be the directorial debut of Jeff Fowler, who is relatively new to the business. On board as executive producer is Deadpool‘s Tim Miller. On a personal level, I’m on board with seeing just how they plan on making a not-terrible version of this concept. We’ve seen live-action/CGI hybrids in the past, and with few exceptions, they tend to be exceptionally terrible.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.