Sonic Franchise’s Live-Action Knuckles Series Reveals Additional Cast

(Last Updated On: June 15, 2023)

On Wednesday, Deadline, an entertainment news website, broke the news that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise’s live-action Knuckles spinoff series has secured the talents of Cary Elwes, Stockard Channing, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel. Paramount Pictures, remaining tight-lipped, refrained from disclosing the specific roles these actors will assume.

Knuckles (Idris Elba) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

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The upcoming series is set to premiere exclusively on Paramount Pictures’ streaming platform, Paramount+, in 2023. Focused on the iconic character Knuckles, portrayed once again by the talented Idris Elba, the show boasts an impressive ensemble cast including Edi Patterson, Julian Barratt, Scott Mescudi, and Ellie Taylor. Notably, Rory McCann will make a special guest appearance. Furthermore, Adam Pally will reprise his role as Wade Whipple from the films, while Tika Sumpter will also make a guest-starring appearance as Maddie.

Sonic Franchise cast

Set between the second and third live-action movies, the series delves into Knuckles’ role as Wade’s mentor, imparting the ancient wisdom and combat techniques of the Echidna warrior.

The upcoming series has managed to gather an impressive lineup of returning talents from the films. Jeff Fowler, the director of the movies, will be helming the first episode, ensuring a seamless transition. Joining him in directing duties are Ged Wright, Brandon Trost, Jorma Taccone, and Carol Banker, each bringing their unique vision to the series. The team of executive producers includes Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, John Whittington, Toru Nakahara, and Elba, adding their valuable expertise to the project. Notably, Whittington takes on the role of head writer, collaborating with writers Brian Schacter and James Madejski.

Sonic Franchise

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 made an impressive debut in the United States back in April 2022, amassing a remarkable opening day earning of approximately $26.5 million, as reported by Box Office Mojo. The film’s international success was equally notable, securing the top spot in 47 markets, including the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. Within its initial three months, the film achieved a staggering worldwide gross of over $400 million. According to Box Office Mojo’s latest figures, the film’s current global earnings stand at an impressive $405,421,518.

In April 2022, the film achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the highest-grossing video game adaptation in the United States.

The role of Sonic was brought to life by Ben Schwartz, known for his work in DuckTales and Parks and Recreation. James Marsden, recognized for his performances in Westworld and X-Men, alongside Tika Sumpter, took on prominent roles in the film. The formidable villain Robotnik was brilliantly portrayed by the talented Jim Carrey, celebrated for his roles in The Truman Show and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Idris Elba masterfully embodied the character Knuckles, while Colleen O’Shaughnessey reprised her role as Tails, adding familiarity to the beloved cast.

The initial movie garnered a staggering $70,002,074, securing the top spot during its debut weekend over Presidents’ Day in the U.S. back in February 2020.

In February 2022, Paramount Pictures excitingly revealed their active progress on the production of a third installment in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The eagerly anticipated film is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2024, giving fans something to look forward to.


Source | Deadline (Denise Petski)

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Monika Chopra is a Mumbai-based anime writer from a wealthy background. An open lesbian, she advocates for #LGBTQ+ rights through her globally loved narratives. Her work focuses on inclusivity and the slice-of-life anime genre, finding extraordinary in the ordinary.

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