Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie casts Idris Elba as Knuckles

In a most surprising announcement, Idris Elba teased that he'll be on board the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel as the headstrong and punchy Knuckles.


With the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie coming at some point, details have come out little by little about what we can expect out of it. We already knew from both the end of the last movie and teases that it would feature more classic and beloved characters from the franchise, but one of the most interesting announcements came out today. We don’t know if you had Idris Elba on your bingo card for voicing one of the main cast, but you can mark him off. It looks like he’s playing Knuckles the echidna.

Idris Elba himself teased this casting via his personal Twitter on August 10, 2021. In a surprising little announcement, Elba dropped an image of Knuckle’s trademark spiky glove alongside hashtags for Knuckles and the Sonic 2 movie. Sonic voice actor Ben Schwartz would even follow up, further confirming the tease. Short of saying it outright, it seems that Idris Elba is going to be taking up the role of Sonic’s headstrong and emerald-protective rival in the next Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

This was a surprising casting to say the least, but not unappreciated. Idris Elba has been a prolific performer in Hollywood blockbusters, putting on great roles in films like Pacific Rim, Fast & Furious, and even the most recent Suicide Squad. The new Sonic the Hedgehog 2 might be far more lighthearted compared to usual Elba castings, but considering how much he brings to every role, we expect he’ll adapt well to this one too.

The Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie has been set for April 2022. It’s still a ways off from release, but with talent like Ben Schwartz and Jim Carrey returning to reprise their roles from the successful first film, we expect we’re in for a treat when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 finally arrives. Stay tuned for more details and reveals leading up to the movie next year.

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    August 10, 2021 3:20 PM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie casts Idris Elba as Knuckles

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      August 10, 2021 12:39 PM

      Idris Elba is a badass actor with a lot of good roles, including Heimdall in the MCU films, Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad, and Luther in the TV series.

      He will also now be voicing Knuckles in the Sonic 2 film

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        August 10, 2021 12:40 PM

        After Cats nothing is off the menu.

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        August 10, 2021 12:41 PM

        Hah, that's fantastic.

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        August 10, 2021 12:44 PM

        He will always be Stringer Bell in my book

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        August 10, 2021 12:50 PM

        I'm disappointed you didn't list his breakout role of Stringer Bell.

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          August 10, 2021 1:03 PM

          Where's Wallace indeed 🤔

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          August 10, 2021 5:58 PM

          Holy yes, everything else pales in comparison.

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        August 10, 2021 12:51 PM


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          August 10, 2021 12:54 PM

          Clearly he was positioning himself for Big the Cat

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          August 10, 2021 12:54 PM

          Or he thinks it's as funny as I do.

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          August 10, 2021 1:20 PM

          Probably has some kids that are sonic fans

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          August 10, 2021 1:32 PM

          The first sonic film wasn't terrible

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            August 10, 2021 1:36 PM

            Yeah, it really know what it was and played to those strengths. A completely off the walls Jim Carrey performance also helped too.

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            August 10, 2021 1:41 PM

            Between it and Detective Pikachu, the long-running curse of video game-based films having crap reception was broken.
            Yes, it wasn't the greatest piece of film out there, but it did a good job of translating the video game concept to screen, and as Prozium said, Jim Carrey really nailed Dr Robotnik for it.

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              August 10, 2021 1:47 PM

              In a lot of ways Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle was a video game movie too. They're leaning more on the game tropes and characters rather than whatever the older ports tried to do.

              Even S1 of Westworld had a feel of a game simply for its setting but the first episode had a great rendition of what people (like me) will do in a D&D game and make DM's sad.

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                August 10, 2021 1:48 PM

                I appreciate this use of "ports".

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                August 10, 2021 1:52 PM

                Yeah, Jumanji did capture essences of the video game without necessarily alluding to any pretty well too. And Wreck-It Ralph (the first one at least) also got a lot of that right too.

                Just that prior to the two I gave, no direct adaption of any video game to film had gotten a positive Rotten Tomatoes score. Whether we got to a point where technology allows us to make video game characters appear like we know them but still seemingly real next to live actors (eg think the Super Mario Bros. film), or where writers/directors know they don't need to stay so close to the material as to make the work flow better for the screen, or that we are in an era where a lot of key actors and directors are also grown up gamers and thus know this material better, its hard to say.

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        August 10, 2021 12:55 PM

        Actors have car and house payments!

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        August 10, 2021 1:22 PM

        Every time I see something like this, I think of an interview I saw with (I think) Michael Caine. It went something like "What did you think of <movie you starred in>? It was critically panned" "Don't care. It paid for my summer home."

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