‘I’m sorry to say I am not’
[Update #2: Eggman is still in.
Voice actor Mike Pollock, who has been the voice since basically since 2003, is not being replaced. Their statement on Twitter makes this clear: “You know what they say: the more the merrier! You’ve not yet heard the last of me as Dr. Eggman in Sonic the Hedgehog video games! Kindly prepare your ears accordingly. If you guessed otherwise, SURPRISE!!!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to stock up on lozenges.”
They also go on to comment on all of the recent casting shifts, diplomatically stating: “On a personal note, I know you’ll want to speculate about what happened, and possible casting choices, but please bear in mind that, IRL, actors’ careers are steered by auditions, callbacks, bookings and rejections. It’s a bit more complicated than choosing sides for kickball.”]
[Update: Amy is out too, it seems. The voice of Amy for around a decade announced that she is not going to be working on Sonic Prime with the rest of her crew. As she puts it: “It’s true. I’m loading out with my brilliant compadres.”]
Fans have been speculating for roughly a week now as to what happened behind the scenes: is Sega gearing up to have Ben Schwartz (who voiced Sonic in the film) take over the role? Or will they be moving in a new direction entirely? The fate of Tails might give us a clue. When asked on Twitter by a fan on whether or not they would be participating in the Sonic Prime series, Tails voice actor Colleen O’Shaughnessey plainly responded, “No. I’m sorry to say I am not..”
This is a weird one, because O’Shaughnessey did voice Tails in the feature film (and recent games, and the Sonic Boom show), even if it was a cameo. It was a huge sign of goodwill for Sonic game fans, so it would be strange for Sega to undo all of that by recasting her entirely. Then again, recasts happen all the time for Hollywood, so it’s in the realm of possibility.
Sega could also be planning a drastic revamp for these characters, separate from the film universe. We’ll likely see more on those plans as early as this year.
Colleen O’Shaughnessey [Twitter]