Is Paul Rudd a Good Choice For the “Sonic the Hedgehog” Movie

Matthew Loffhagen
Marvel
(Photo: Marvel)

There’s been a nasty rumor circulating about the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie.

According to That Hashtag Show, Paramount Pictures are eyeing up Paul Rudd as the human star of the movie. While Sonic himself remains uncast, it seems that Paramount are looking for a solid straight-man to accompany him.

Paramount has subsequently countered this rumor, stating that Rudd isn’t necessarily the studio’s top pick at present. They’re still considering many options, so it seems like this rumor could well turn out to be hollow.

That said, I can imagine that Rudd would be pretty solid in the role.

Sonic and Friends

To be perfectly honest, I’m not all that comfortable about the live-action/animation hybrid approach that’s being taken with the “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie in general.

I’d prefer a wholly animated adventure, with a cast of primarily anthropomorphic animal characters. Along with a single cartoonish Dr Robotnik/Eggman (delete as appropriate depending on your decade of birth and country of origin).

Sonic and Elise
Source: Sega

With Paramount behind the reins, I’m worried that the Sonic movie could end up following the “Transformers” formula a little too closely. Over the top cartoon CGI heroes teaming up with a put-upon everyman human being in a race across glistening desert highways.

We’ve already seen a look at what is, presumably, the start of the Sonic movie, and it does have the look of a “Transformers” movie to it. This can’t be taken as a solid indicator of the film’s plot and style, but I’m wary.

If we are to have a human being team up with a CGI hedgehog, there are worse choices than Paul Rudd.

To name two, Shia LaBeouf and Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg in Transformers
Source: Paramount

Rudd would have the acting chops to pull off this role, and the comedic timing to manage playing alongside a tennis ball on a stick that eventually becomes a blue hedgehog.

I feel like Rudd would be able to carry the film. This is key when so much of it would rely on attempting to physically ground a video game character that’s not really intended for a gritty, realistic setting.

Not Enough Rings

Even if Rudd isn’t Paramount’s top choice, I’m at least glad that they’re looking in the right direction. Getting a talented comedy actor in the role would help to make the film a lot more watchable.

The worst possible thing Paramount could do would be to try and take this movie seriously. If this hits an “Ant-Man” tone, I’ll be very happy with the result.