The sequel to 2020’s Sonic the Hedgehog movie wrapped earlier this year, but on Tuesday, actor Idris Elba took to social media to reveal that he would be playing Knuckles in the upcoming film.The actor shared the news on Twitter, simply sharing a photo of Knuckles’ closed fist with a message of “Knock, knock….” accompanying it. Elba will join a cast that already features some big stars, including James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, and Shemar Moore.
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.
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. The sequel will arrive in theaters on April 8, 2022.