James Marsden will star in Sega's yes-it's-really-happening Sonic the Hedgehog film, Variety reports.

Currently appearing in Westworld, you may also know Marsden as Cyclops in X-Men. And he once appeared in an episode of Saved by the Bell: The New Class.

Paramount has already dated the Sonic the Hedgehog film - it's coming 15th September 2019, mark your calendars - although we know nothing of the plot, or who might be playing the 'hog himself.

About all we do know is that it's a live-action/CGI hybrid, and that Deadpool director Tim Miller is executive producing.

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Presumably, Marsden is the live-action lead opposite a CGI Sonic. Or, y'know, maybe he's playing Big the Cat.

Sonic nemesis Mario is getting his own Nintendo-backed movie, of course - although it looks like Sonic will go fast and beat Mario to release.

It's a busy time for Sega's mascot. After a couple of new games last year, Sonic will be back soon for another Sonic Racing game, which has finally just been made official.

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