First Litwak’s Arcade, now The Oasis?
It won’t be long before Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, premieres in theatres. In a dystopian near-future ruined by the evils of pollution, political corruption, and climate change, a despondent mankind turns to a worldwide network of virtual reality for work, education, and entertainment.
The fantasy online world features a number of pop culture cameos so extremely high it would make more modest product placement advertisers blush, featuring the likes of Tracer from Overwatch with her signature salute to the towering figure of The Iron Giant‘s titular character. Additionally, it looks like SEGA has gotten our favourite Blue Blur in on the action as well, as Sonic the Hedgehog himself has been spotted by eagle-eyed fans in a leaked commercial for Ready Player One.
According to user Jack_Frak on the RPO subreddit, there is also an alleged unreleased TV spot that features a long shot of Sonic zipping across the battlefield, rolling up in his signature ball form and Boosting with that familiar blue glow from the games. On top of poor resolution issues, Warner Bros. Pictures has expectedly taken it down.
As for the video above at least, you can spot Sonic in the thumbnail on the right-hand side. Fittingly enough, his cameo in this scene is very much “blink and you’ll miss it,” but you can see it for yourself below in this still in case the above trailer gets pulled:
Ready Player One hits theatres on March 29, 2018. A Sonic the Hedgehog movie is also currently in production with an expected theatrical release in November 2019.
Sidenote, I find it hilarious how they kept his canon 3ft height intact for this movie. So short.
Update: New leaked footage has emerged which shows Sonic performing a spin attack followed by a homing attack during the films climax has been uploaded to the following google drive location.
Sonic appears at around 23 seconds and can be seen zooming along the centre of the shot, he then launches up into the air and performs his signature homing attack move.