After 10 years behind the microphone, Roger Craig Smith is finished voicing Sonic the Hedgehog in Sega’s video games. Who will take over? That remains to be seen, but now actor Ben Schwartz, who voiced Sonic in Paramount’s movie, said he has not been approached to do it.
Speaking to ComicBook, Schwartz said he hasn’t given it any thought because the role had been Smith’s for so long. Now that Smith is ending his run, the question about who will replace him has come up and entered his mind, but no one has approached Schwartz about the job.
“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?” he said. “But I wonder.”
Schwartz said he loves the Sonic universe and the fans, who he says have been supportive to him in his movie role.
“I wonder what would happen. But as of now, nobody’s had a conversation with me about any of that,” Schwartz said.
The actor also took some time to praise Smith for the job he did voicing Sonic.
“Roger Craig Smith is an absolute legend,” Schwartz said. “Like, his VO work, Sonic being one of them, but his career is unbelievable for a VO artist. He is so talented.”
Schwartz also told ComicBook in a separately published interview, which was published before Paramount’s announcement of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Wednesday, that he’s excited to reprise his role in the sequel. “I read the script and it’s awesome,” he said, going on to say that he doesn’t know precisely when production will begin.
Schwartz’s next project is the superhero comedy Flora & Ulysses, which comes to Disney+ on February 19. Schwartz plays the father of a little girl, Flora, who befriends a squirrel, Ulysses, who is a superhero.