Report: Jim Carrey in talks to play villainous Robotnik for Sonic the Hedgehog movie

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Jun 29, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT

In a potential match made in some kind of boundless-energy, kinetic heaven, comedic dynamo Jim Carrey may be suiting up for a live-action, big-screen turn in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, bringing his own animated take to the film’s scripted villain.

Deadline reports that Carrey is in talks with Paramount Pictures to play opposite the speedy blue hero as Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, the mustachioed, ovoid baddie whom Sonic’s gotten the best of time and again throughout the long-lived series’ run on game consoles.

Dr. Eggman, as he’s often called, is an insanely smart evil genius with plans to remake the world into the Eggman Empire, a robot-led utopia that, thanks to Sonic, never has seen the light of day. Starting in 1991 with the original Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis, he’s tried countless tactics to win his final boss battle against our speedy hero over the years — even going so far as to create a “Metal Sonic” in the eternally futile effort to thwart his bristly blue nemesis. 

Helmed by first-time director Jeff Fowler, the live-action movie reportedly will pitch Sonic as a punky teen, on the lam from the cops with help (or possibly resistance) from James Marsden (Westworld, X-Men), who recently was cast in a still-unspecified leading role. Total Recall and Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz, along with Mie Onishi and Deadpool director Tim Miller, make up the production team. 

With casting news beginning to come faster and faster (Tika Sumpter also joined the project earlier this month), all we can do is hurry up and wait before Sonic the Hedgehog scoots into theaters. Sega’s spiky mascot is slated to light up the big screen beginning Nov. 15 of next year.