Sonic The Hedgehog hit theaters after a delay in production so Paramount Pictures could fix the famous blue video game character’s look. The film was met with great success once it hit the theaters, pulling in $319.7 million on a $90 million budget. A sequel is on the way, but the teaser for the film only confirmed the title. That changed today as Knuckles officially has a voice.
Idris Elba, currently starring in The Suicide Squad, was cast as Knuckles in the sequel to the 2020 actin-adventure comedy. Elba made the announcement official by posting a teaser poster on his Twitter account along with a caption reading: “Knock, knock….”
Elba is a 5 time Emmy nominee, and he won a Golden Globe in 2012 for “Best Actor in a Miniseries” for his work on Luther. It is a big feather in Sonic’s cap to add such an acclaimed actor to the cast.
Knuckles’ trademark glove was the only thing shown on that poster, but it was more than enough to get fans excited. Elba will join an already impressive cast including James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, and Jim Carrey.
Jeff Fowler is returning to helm the next entry into the Sonic The Hedgehog cinematic universe. Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington were also commissioned to write the second installment of Sonic The Hedgehog with Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, Hitoshi Okuno serving as producers.
The film’s current release date is April 8th, 2022, so fans don’t have a lot of time to wait. Hopefully, they won’t have to delay its release for another round of last minute edits like they did with the first installment for the popular Sega franchise.
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