Since Roger Craig Smith announced his departure as the official voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, many fans have turned to Ben Schwartz, Hollywood comedy star, to ask if he would pick up the mantle. His answer? He’s not quite sure yet.
Schwartz, who voiced Sonic in the Paramount movie that launched to critical and commercial success in 2020, was asked in a recent interview about assuming the role in the video games. “I haven’t thought about it, I haven’t really thought about it,” he said, suggesting that he hasn’t even been asked about such an opportunity from SEGA as of yet.
The first time that it’s ever come up was because Roger seems to be stepping away, so, the first time ever, people are asking me I wonder, nobody’s asked me, between you and I, I haven’t really answered this question yet but nobody’s come up to me and said anything so my assumption is that, who knows?
But I wonder. I love the world of Sonic, and I love the fan base. The fan base has been so supportive and lovely. So, I don’t know. I wonder, I wonder what would happen.
But as of now, nobody’s had a conversation with me about any of that.
But I do just want to say, that you know like, of course that whole you know, Jaleel, Ryan, all those guys are incredible, but it was incredible to be a part of that legacy and then to hear that Roger is stepping down just to say again how amazing he was.
Ben Schwartz is a total class act, having successfully channeled the blue blur in 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie and netting himself a world of newly-found SEGA fans in the process. He’ll no doubt continue to voice the hero in the upcoming Sonic movie sequel, but as for the games, or anything else? … Nobody knows for sure yet.
Stay tuned – if things change on that front, you’ll be the first to know about it, right here on The Sonic Stadium.