It was only yesterday that rumors were swirling about Paramount tapping Ant-Man star Paul Rudd to star in the first feature film about Sega’s blue hedgehog. Variety is now reporting, however, that the role has been secured by Westworld and X-Men star James Marsden instead.
Variety doesn’t have many other details, just that Marsden has been chosen as the star, possibly in the role of the buddy cop from the previous report. Theoretically, he could also simply be the voice of Sonic, but it’s impossible to say at this point. Paramount and Sega have long-pitched the movie as a blend of CG and live-action.
The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is scheduled for release in late 2019. It joins other in-production video game movies like the Detective Pikachu movie starring Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds and an Illumination-produced Super Mario movie.