The Sonic the Hedgehog Cinematic Universe grows at Paramount Pictures.
It was announced today that following the upcoming adventure comedy film Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a Knuckles spin-off series will come to Paramount Plus. The series will once again feature the voice of Idris Elba, who is joining the sequel as a main star when it releases in theaters on April 28, 2022. The 2023 series will be produced by Sega and Paramount. Additionally, a third Sonic the Hedgehog film will also release in 2023.
“For more than three decades, Sonic the Hedgehog’s universe of vibrant, unique characters has generated one of the most passionate fanbases,” said Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins, “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Sega, Neal Moritz, and all our creative partners as we explore additive ways to holistically scale the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise across platforms and captivate its loyal audience around the world.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will also star James Marsden (Westworld), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along), Natasha Rothwell (Wonder Woman 1984), Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Jim Carrey (Kidding), and Shemar Moore. It will also feature the live-action debut of Tails, set to be voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey (Blade Runner: Black Lotus).
“After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero,” reads the official synopsis. “His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.”
The sequel is 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 return to executive produce.