The first trailer for the live action Sonic the Hedgehog film has just dropped. Check it out here:
The film will star Jim Carrey as the evil Dr Robotnik, as well as Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz as the eponymous ring-collecting hedgehog.
So how does it look? Well, frankly it looks absolutely bonkers. But maybe that's exactly what we should expect of a film based on a video game about a lightning-fast, blue-quilled hedgehog whose existence comes under threat thanks to the diabolical machinations of a sinister scientist.
Following a coin-jingling sound that should be familiar to any fan of 16-bit SEGA classics, the trailer opens with a police car waiting at the road side, before a blue-coloured blur zooms by. "What the...?" asks the cop at the wheel, as his speed gun appears to be going off the scale.
Meet the all-new, CGI Sonic the Hedgehog. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Then we get our first look at Sonic himself, doing some stretches in the middle of a deserted highway. "Gotta go fast," he says in a voiceover, before racing away and appearing to break the sound barrier (that'll be why he's called 'Sonic', then).
Of course, it wouldn't be a live-action movie (well... with heavy duty use of CGI, natch) without a boatload of humans, and the trailer cuts to a meeting of military bigwigs, claiming a surge has knocked out power in the Pacific north-west of the US. "We just need someone who can figure out exactly what we're dealing with," announces the most senior-looking fella. Enter Dr Robotnik.
Now, you and I may know Dr Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik from the video game as the guy who turned animals into robots, which Sonic sets about rescuing. Not sure if that'll factor in here, but Jim Carrey's portrayal certainly seems to have the correct mixture of creepy and... umm, 'eccentric'.
He also definitely has a whole bunch of machines at his disposal, and the remainder of the trailer sees a wisecracking Sonic frustrating military attempts to capture him while making at least one human friend along the way. Sounds pretty cool, right? And bonkers, let's not forget bonkers.
Earlier today we showed you some pictures of Carrey in the villain role. The first thing you'll notice is that he's not egg-shaped. A bold move for 'Eggman' Robotnik.
The second thing you'll notice is that he's not bald. Yet another bold move for a character that is supposed to look like an egg - perhaps this is an early shot and he'll have a traumatic incident that causes him to pile on the pounds and lose all of his hair.
Spending your life chasing a blue hedgehog around in a variety of strange and unusual contraptions will do that to a man.
Well, looks like we can put some of those concerns to rest, as this is what he looks like by the trailer's conclusion:
Jim Carrey as a much more recognisable Dr Robotnik. Credit: Paramount Pictures
"Every hero needs a genesis," the trailer tells us. Guess we'll just have to wait for the film's release to find out what that entails.
Alongside Carrey and Schwartz, the film will also see appearances from James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough and Adam Pally.
Directed by Jeff Fowler in his feature length debut, the film is slated for release this November.
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