Canadian voice actor Deven Mack will play Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Prime and has received the blessing of Sonic's game voice actor.
Sonic Prime is a new Netflix animation revealed yesterday. Mack joins Roger Craig Smith as Sonic's game voice and Ben Schwartz as the film voice.
Mack shared a thank you video on Twitter following the response to his casting and noted that the other actors will maintain their roles.
"If I could be serious for a minute, real talk, I'll join the ranks of some amazing talents who have and will still be performing this legendary character in the video games and movies, so I like it to be perfectly clear that they ain't going anywhere, and I wouldn't have it any other way, they've been doing amazing work for years that I legit can't wait to hear more of," he said.
He also notes how scary it's been taking on the role. "I say that because I understand just how much these characters mean to so many people," he says, before stating how he looked up to Sonic as a child.
Smith also tweeted the news: "Welcome @DevenOClock to the wild little family of talking blue hedgehogs."
Smith will continue to voice Sonic in the games. Last year he departed the role after ten years, but confirmed his return four months later.
Mack has received a warm welcome to Sonic from fans on social media.
Roger Craig Smith, Ben Schwartz, and Deven Mack all sound fantastic as Sonic. No VA arguments needed pic.twitter.com/tTkXruAgBg— TheNCSmaster (@TheNCSmaster) May 3, 2022
Okay so it’s confirmed the new Sonic VA (for Prime) is Devan Mack!— GamesCage 🎄 Hype Guy (@OnTheDownLoTho) May 3, 2022
They picked someone pretty fresh, he’s done some stuff for Lego shows, Bakugan & Total Drama Island LOL.
SHOUTOUT TO HAVING SONIC WITH A BLACK VA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE JALEEL WHITE🖤 pic.twitter.com/chs3DFfTxq
Deven Mack is an absolute pioneer in the black VA community. He constantly and consistently stands up for us, and continually works to provide opportunities for others. All this on TOP of being WILDLY talented. And now HES SONIC THE FREAKING HEDGEHOG. Im so proud of you bro!!🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/L88XTPGev8— zeno: heart of flapjack (@childishgamzeno) May 3, 2022
Sonic Prime is yet to receive a release date but is coming soon, according to Netflix.
Fans of the blue blur certainly have lots to enjoy at the moment.