Tommy Wiseau, director of the infamous The Room, seems interested in portraying fan-favorite Shadow in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie or its sequel. The Sonic film has seen a lot of negative reactions thus far, with most of the criticism being directed at the design for the speedy protagonist. Fan response was apparently so negative that the film's director, Jeff Fowler, said the team is going to redesign Sonic.
Based on the first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, it doesn't seem like other characters in the Sonic universe are going to appear. A sequel can possibly introduce Tails, Knuckles, and perhaps even Shadow. Since his debut in Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow has remained one of the most popular characters in the Sonic franchise. His background is one of the most emotional, being an artificial life form who befriends a young girl named Maria. Sadly, Maria is killed by a human, and this fuels Shadow's rage against humanity. Shadow would go on to appear in many titles, even starring in his own game in 2005.
On Twitter, Tommy Wiseau posted an image of himself and one of Shadow. Though it's unclear what Wiseau means by the tweet, he could potentially be putting himself forward for the role in a future Sonic movie. Can you picture Wiseau pulling off Shadow's deep voice?
Wiseau is no stranger to casting himself in a genre role. He made a Joker audition tape last year. He and The Room co-star Greg Sestero even reenacted the famous interrogation scene from The Dark Knight. Although he has yet to be cast as the Clown Prince of Crime, one can see Wiseau is obviously dedicated.
The Sonic the Hedgehog film's success is currently up in the air. With fan response already being negative, it's not looking promising for sequels. Of course, it's still early. Fowler coming out with a statement accepting the design's criticism, and making an effort to redesign it, is a step in the right direction for fans. However, a more accurate design doesn't necessarily fix all the problems associated with the trailer.
If the movie is abandoning the core essence of the games it's based on, similar to how the Super Mario Bros. film abandoned the whimsical Mushroom Kingdom, it will be hard for Sonic the Hedgehog to be appreciated by fans. It remains to be seen if the film can engage fans alongside the general audience. If it does well at the box office, then who knows, maybe we'll get to see Wiseau bring Shadow the Hedgehog to life at some point. If Hollywood can turn The Banana Splits into a horror film, anything is possible.
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- Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) release date: Feb 14, 2020