Few video game franchises are more indicative of the early 1990s than Sonic the Hedgehog. The popular character continues to be a staple of the video game world, even as Sega ceased to be a top-tier console. A film adaptation of the popular video game franchise has been in the works for years but seems to be finally gaining some traction with the announcement of James Marsden as the iconic hedgehog. Now, it sounds like Marsden will face off against none other than Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik.
According to Deadline, Carrey and his representatives are in discussion to take on the role of Dr. “Eggman” Robotnik. The villainous Dr. Robotnik is not only Sonic’s chief antagonist but is also his oldest enemy. The popular platform game debuted in 1991 with “Sonic the Hedgehog” on the Sega Genisis. The story follows a small blue hedgehog named Sonic that can run at extraordinary speeds. When the villainous Dr. Eggman Robotnik threatens the island where Sonic lives, Sonic jumps into the fray to save the day.
Sonic and Robotnik
Sonic made a brief appearance in Disney’s video game film “Wreck-It Ralph,” and became a playable character in Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros.” franchise. Robotnik also appeared in “Wreck-It Ralph,” although he was relegated to a non-speaking role. Both have appeared in the numerous animated TV series over the years as well. Several actors, including Jim Cummings, have lent their voice to the iconic video game villain.
One of the interesting developments of the “Sonic the Hedgehog” film is the news that it will be a live-action/CGI hybrid film. This is a departure from the many animated television series that have existed over the years, which may justify Carrey’s involvement. Carrey knows how to really bring energy and excitement to his roles, and a live-action Dr. Robotnik is tantalizing to think about. There is some risk though, as Carrey could just as easily take the character in the Count Olaf route. However, director Jeff Fowler has few IMDB credits, and which does open up the potential of the film. Give Robotnik’s interesting body proportions, and his insane mustache, Carrey may disappear in the role behind prosthetics and makeup. If any actor could, it would be Carrey.