Paramount’s big-budget adaption of video game Sonic the Hedgehog is expected to film in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island for a week-and-a-half in September.

James Marsden is the Green Hills Sheriff.

Westworld image.

James Marsden and Tika Sumpter will co-star with the computer-generated hedgehog — who travels at the speed of sound — in this live-action/animated movie which has budgeted $7 million for the 8-to-11-day Ladysmith shoot.

“We searched all over B.C. and have chosen Ladysmith as our hero town for our movie,” location manager Abraham Fraser told the Nanaimo News Bulletin.

Update: Technical Survey crew in Ladysmith on July 10th.

The Vancouver Island North Film Commission is working to have further scenes shot on the Island Highway between Qualicum Beach and Courtney.

Sonic the Hedgehog — the 1990s Sega game — is a quest by Sonic and his pals Tails and Knuckles  to stop Dr. Eggman Robotnik’s plan for world dominaton.

Neal H. Moritz and Deadpool director Tim Miller are producing.

The adaption is written by Evan Susser, Van Robichaux, Patrick Casey and Josh Miller and will be directed by Jeff Fowler.

Sonic the Hedgehog is expected to start filming July 30th in metro Vancouver and wrap September 26th.

And be in theatres November 15, 2019.