According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tika Sumpter (Ride Along franchise) has joined the cast of Sonic the Hedgehog, the movie based on the SEGA video game character. James Marsden (Shock and Awe, Westworld) is already attached to star. The movie, which Paramount took over from Sony, will be a hybrid of live action and animation.
Sonic the Hedgehog is the first film made as part of the first-look deal between Paramount and Moritz’s Original Films banner, which begins next year. Moritz said, “What we’re trying to do with Sonic is make a movie about a small-town police officer and Sonic at a time when they are both desperately in need of a friend, and we hope that this theme of friendship is what gives the film its heart and makes it prosper.”
Jeff Fowler, Oscar-nominated for his 2005 short film Gopher Broke, makes his feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller, and Oren Uziel. Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious) is producing, while Tim Miller (Deadpool director) and Toby Ascher are executive producing.
Sumpter has recently wrapped filming for the dramedy The Old Man and the Gun, starring venerable actor Robert Redford. Two of her other projects, Joe Chappelle’s thriller The Pages and Tyler Perry’s comedy The List, are currently in post-production. It was also just announced that she will reprise her role as Angela Payton in Ride Along 3.
Sonic the Hedgehog is scheduled to bow in theaters on November 15, 2019.