The Sonic sequel heads into cinemas next year – and Idris Elba will be joining in the action: more details here.

Idris Elba has been announced as the voice behind Knuckles in the upcoming sequel to 2020’s Sonic The Hedgehog. The British actor will play the powerful echidna who is making his debut in the film series.

Knuckles was originally introduced into the Sonic video game series back in 1994’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 as a foe, although, by 1995’s Sonic & Knuckles, he had become a member of Team Sonic.

Pat Casey, co-writer of the first film hinted after its release that the use of a native clan of echidnas in the first film’s opening sequence was partly to confirm the existence of the Knuckles character in the Sonic film universe, and with the character now being confirmed to appear, that has come to pass. In the games, Knuckles is initially introduced as an antagonist, after being manipulated by Dr Eggman. With Jim Carrey returning in that role, we could well see the same plot thread in the film.

Elba rounds out the cast with Ben Schwartz voicing Sonic again. James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore and Jim Carrey also star in the live-action elements of the film. Jeff Fowler will direct again.

With a fan-favourite character like Knuckles on board, we’re sure the film’s first trailer will fare better than the first film’s did, whenever it arrives. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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