The bizarre story of the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie just got even weirder: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is in the final stages of negotiation with Jim Carrey to play Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Robotnik (now known as Dr. Eggman).
The movie is of course based on Sega’s flagship video game franchise of the same name, where Sonic the Hedgehog along with his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna and others are freedom fighters aiming to take down the maniacal Dr. Robotnik from enslaving the world’s animals as operators of nefarious robots.
The franchise, while massively popular in the 1990s, has seen a downturn in the 21st century thanks to several poorly received video games following a painful transition to 3D for the fastest thing alive. However, Sonic has seen something of a rebirth in recent years, following a near-flawless return to form in Sonic Mania, and IDW Publishing taking the reins in a rebooted Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series.
Carrey is no stranger to playing eccentric characters, including villains — his role as the Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever is easily the most memorable part of that movie.
Sonic the Hedgehog is slated for a November 2019 release and will be a live-action reimagining of the property usually depicted in cartoons and colorful video games. It will be directed by Jeff Fowler in his major motion picture directorial debut, and also stars James Marsden and Tika Sumpter.