It’s only been a week since Roger Craig Smith announced that he is no longer the official voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, but former actor Ryan Drummond has confirmed that his agent has contacted SEGA with an interest in reprising the role.
Drummond, who was the voice of Sonic during the Sonic Adventure era of video games, revealed on a recent livestream that he has formally reached out to SEGA in the hopes that he might return.
Perhaps expecting the inevitable, Drummond tackled a chat question about whether he was coming back to voice Sonic head-on. “I wish I could [say ‘yes’], but we don’t know anything yet. You know as much as I know… I don’t want to get bogged down in this conversation, but I don’t have any [issue] in saying that… my agent did contact SEGA today, so hopefully there’ll be a conversation. Let’s see what happens.”
It’s no secret that Drummond fondly remembers his time as Sonic the Hedgehog in the early 2000s, so it would make sense that he has taken an interest in reprising the role. In 2003, he was replaced as the official voice of the blue blur in order for a single actor to voice the character across all media. The role then went to Jason Griffith, who was originally cast as Sonic for the Sonic X TV show.
It’s worth pointing out that this does not mean that Drummond is close to securing the role again, nor is he actively talking with SEGA at the moment. It is likely that, if SEGA is interested in re-casting the role, that there will be auditions for voice actors to pitch in to replace Roger Craig Smith. That is, indeed, if the role has not already been filled by now.
The fact that Drummond’s agent has reached out to SEGA is simply the first step in a long road, but it does highlight the actor’s desire to return to Green Hill Zone. If anything new comes of this, we’ll let you guys know.