Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter to confirm that production on Paramount Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure sequel Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has officially been completed in Vancouver after nearly two months of filming. In his post, Fowler went on to express his gratitude to the cast and crew while also describing the sequel as truly special and epic. The Ben Schwartz-led film is scheduled for an April 8, 2022, theatrical release, which puts Sonic the Hedgehog 2 up against an unknown competitor with Universal Pictures’ untitled musical event film.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will see the return of the original film’s main cast including Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as the voice of Sonic, James Marsden (Westworld) as Tom Wachowski, Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as Maddie Wachowski, and Jim Carrey (Kidding) as Sonic’s rival, Doctor Robotnik/Eggman along with Adam Pally (The Mindy Project) and Natasha Rothwell (Wonder Woman 1984).
Due to previous set photos, it has been confirmed that the video game’s fan-favorite characters Miles “Tails” Prower and Knuckles the Echidna are now joining Sonic in the sequel. There are still no actors attached to voice the new characters, but it was previously rumored that the studio was eyeing Jason Momoa for Knuckles.
The sequel is once again directed by Jeff Fowler, who made his feature debut on the hit predecessor. Writers Pat Casey and Josh Miller, with Neal H. Mortiz, Toby Ascher, and Toru Nakahara are all returning to produce while Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, and Tim Miller will return to executive produce.
Written by Patrick Casey (Golan the Insatiable), Josh Miller (Golan the Insatiable), and Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox), the first film follows Tom Wachowski, a cop in the rural town of Green Hills, who decides to help Sonic escape from the government looking to capture him.
The 2020 film’s first trailer initially encountered very negative reviews from audiences due to the design of the iconic character, which caused Paramount to delay the first film’s release to February 14, 2020, with the goal of redesigning Sonic to better fit his look from the video games. This drastic measure proved to be a success as it scored positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and grossing over $306 million at the global box office on a $95 million production budget. The film was also a smash upon its early digital debut, taking the number one spot on digital marketplaces in its opening weekend.