Originally written by Thomas Bacon for Screen Rant
Here's your guide to the cast and characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Sonic is the stuff of gamer legends; he's Sega's most famous playable character, a bright blue hedgehog who's been speeding through rings since his debut in 1991. Sega has been attempting to make a movie since all the way back in 1994, but progress hasn't been quite so speedy as Sonic himself.
Still, the gamers' daydream is finally a reality thanks to director Jeff Fowler (Gilmore Girls, Where the Wild Things Are), with a script written by Patrick Casey and Josh Miller. No expense has been spared to make this a hit. Sonic the Hedgehog was pushed back a final three months in order to fine-tune the VFX, after viewers gave a very negative response to Sonic's "realistic" appearance in the first trailer; although Sonic the Hedgehog is clearly aimed at younger viewers, Paramount hope old-school fans of the games will give it a chance as well, if only because they've listened to feedback.
Of course, the key to Sonic the Hedgehog's success will lie in its voice-cast. Fortunately, Fowler seems to have made some excellent choices in that regard.
Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog
The script presents Sonic the Hedgehog as a young alien from another world who possesses a magic that is sought by those who would use it for evil. He's given magical rings allowing him to travel between worlds, and he's told to stay hidden and keep running; unwisely, Sonic settles down on Earth instead. The starring role is played by accomplished voice-actor Ben Schwartz, who's best known for playing Jean Ralphio in Parks & Rec, Leonardo in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dewey Duck in DuckTales.
Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik
Legendary comedy actor Jim Carrey is the villainous Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog's cast, a mad scientist and inventor who dreams of conquering the world - and believes Sonic's powers will be the key to his success. He's recruited by the US Government when Sonic unwittingly causes a power surge and a blackout across the Pacific North West.
James Marsden is Tom Wachowski
Tika Sumpter and James Marsden in Sonic the Hedgehog
Fortunately Sonic has friends as well; he approaches sheriff Tom Wachowski, who helps him against Dr. Robotnik. Wachowski is played by James Marsden, best known for his role as Cyclops in the original X-Men movie trilogy, and more recently for his role in Westworld.
Sonic The Hedgehog's Supporting Cast
Tika Sumpter as Maddie Wachowski: Tom's wife, who helps him and Sonic. Tika Sumpter has appeared in Gossip Girl, Final Space, and Mixed-ish).
Adam Pally as Wade Whipple: A police officer and good friend of Tom's. Pally starred in Happy Endings and The Mindy Project.
Lee Majdoub as Stone: Dr. Robotnik's right hand man. Majdoub is known for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.
Neal McDonough as Major Bennington: A Major in the U.S. Army. McDonough has appeared in Band of Brothers, and played Damien Darhk in the Arrowverse.
Natasha Rothwell as Rachel: Rothwell is known for her work on Saturday Night Live and Insecure.
Debs Howard as New Girlfriend: Howard has appeared in iZombie.
Elfina Luk as Secretary of Homeland Security: Luk has made appearances in TV shows such as The Good Doctor.
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There’s a surprise character in Sonic the Hedgehog’s post-credits scene, but we won’t say who it is just yet (and their voice actor remains a mystery).
Sonic the Hedgehog is now playing at Regal.
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