Idris Elba, King of Membership Franchises, Joins Sonic the Hedgehog Sequel

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Idris Elba made headlines by joining another franchise. When I first read this news, my immediate thought was, “Wow. This man is in a lot of franchises! What can’t he do? Soon after, I found myself reading his entire Wikipedia page. Turns out he’s an actor with more than fair Star Trek, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Extraterrestrial franchise, if we had to pick some of his biggest movies. He is also a fairly successful DJ, won a competitive kickboxing event in 2016, and received various “Sexiest Man Alive” titles! Seriously. What would he deserve to add to his filmography? Well, it turns out Idris Elba and his latest adventure join the Sonic the hedgehog following.

Idris Elba joins Sonic the hedgehog Sequel like Knuckles

For many of us, the 2020s Sonic the hedgehog was the last movie we saw in theaters before there were massive global shutdowns due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It also helped the film become the sixth highest grossing film of the year and the biggest opening weekend for a video game film. If you had read these last sentences 3 years ago, I would have called you a liar. But who knew how many viewers would love a Sonic adaptation?

The success of the film meant that a sequel would arrive fairly quickly. Do you have to go fast, Amirite? The next film, which is already scheduled for release on April 8, 2022, is in the works with Paramount Pictures and SEGA Sammy Group. We’ll see the return of various fan favorites from the premiere, including Jim Carrey’s Dr. Ivo Robotnik, James Marsden’s Thomas Wachowski, and Ben Schwartz’s Sonic.

Image via Paramount Pictures.

Idris Elba joins the cast of Knuckles, a red echidna who isn’t just fast. It can climb walls and soar, which is pretty neat for such a small creature. Oh, and if you’re wondering the same as I was, the answer is no. Hedgehogs and echidnas are not the same things.

The character of Elba will team up with Robotnik in the quest for a mighty emerald. Knuckles existed long before the new film, making its first appearance in Sonic the hedgehog 3 back in 1994. The games saw Robotnik cheat on him, so we can’t wait to see an Echidna betrayal.

Readers, what do you think of the arrival of Idris Elba Sonic the hedgehog following? His last role as Bloodsport in The suicide squad reminded us why it’s so fun to watch on screen, so an animated role is really enjoyable.

Image presented via Marvel Studios.

Meghan Hale is the kind of movie buff who has a mile-long “must watch” … and who grows up. When not talking about the latest movie and TV news, she writes one of her many ongoing novels, shouting movie trivia to anyone who wants to listen to her and works as a mental health professional. Follow her on Twitter @meghanrhale for fun theories and live reactions to all things entertainment.


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