Jim Carrey In Talks To Play Dr. Robotnik In Sonic: The Hedgehog Movie'
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Few video game characters can match up to Sonic the Hedgehog, who's so iconic that he's now getting his very own movie. (Ok, there was the Super Mario Bros. movie, 'starring' Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper, but I think we can all agree not to mention that ever again.)
We recently found out that James Marsden has snagged the lead role in the live action film, which left us wondering who could fill the CGI shoes of Sonic baddie, Dr Robotnik.
Well, it turns out that the role could be going to none other than Jim Carrey - who may not be an immediate or obvious shout, but could certainly be an exciting fit.
Deadline reports that Jim Carrey is in negotiations for the role in the forthcoming film, which is being directed by Jeff Fowler and produced by Neal Moritz, Mie Onishi and Tim Miller.
The film will apparently see Sonic stop Dr Ivo 'Eggman' Robotnik from completing his plans for world domination, but at this stage that's about all we know.
Interestingly, Dr Robotnik was actually a good guy - well, he wasn't all bad when he was first drawn up, that is
When SEGA held an internal competition to come up with its new mascot - one that would rival Nintendo's mighty Mario - one of the suggestions was a jolly, portly, moustachioed fella who looked a lot like Eggman, albeit in pyjamas.
In the end he didn't make the cut for the lead, but SEGA kept his designs on hand and, somewhat predictably, when the subject of a baddie came up, all they needed to do was switch his outfit round and give him a menacing eye - and voila, they had themselves an evil genius.
Carrey, meanwhile, last starred in Dark Crimes and Netflix doc Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond and he's been executive producing Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here.
He will also star in Showtime's Kidding, which premieres in September, having also served as executive producer.
The forthcoming series follows Jeff, the man behind a fictional children's TV icon called Mr Pickles, as his family life falls in on itself.
The press release for the show states: "Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children's television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality's family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope.
"The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking."