Jim Carrey is reportedly in negotiations to play Eggman/Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film adaptation.
In what has to be the most ’90s story that you’ll hear all day, Deadline is reporting that Carrey and his representatives are currently working with Paramount films executives in order to secure the villainous role. It doesn’t seem that the deal has been finalized quite yet, but it appears that Carrey and Paramount are close to finishing the negotiation process.
If the deal is finalized, then Carrey will join James Marsden and Tika Sumpter as the leads in this Jeff Fowler directed film. While Fowler doesn’t have much experience as a feature film director (his only directorial credit thus far is the 2004 animated short, Gopher Broke) the shockingly good cast that has assembled to bring Sonic to life on the big screen has some wondering just what it is about this movie that has so many big names rushing to join it.
While Carrey is far from retired as a film actor, it’s safe to say that he’s not nearly as prolific of a performer as he used to be. He most recently played the leading role in Kidding, a Showtime series, but so far as film appearances go, he hasn’t been in a movie since 2016 when he starred in Dark Crimes and The Bad Bunch. Otherwise, Carrey has spent much of his time working on his art and other side projects.
Despite the fact that Carrey isn’t quite as big of a draw as he was in the ’90s when he netted a then-record $20 million contract to appear in The Cable Guy, his name will certainly increase the notoriety of this already intriguing adaption.
Unfortunately, we don’t know much about the Sonic the Hedgehog film’s actual plot. Of course, it’s hard to imagine that this movie will stray too far from the simple story formula established in the Sonic the Hedgehog games. That is to say that you can expect Sonic to take on Robotnik while running unusually fast and collecting some gold rings along the way.