How confident was Paramount in their Sonic the Hedgehog franchise? Even before the sequel arrived in 2022, they had already announced a series spinoff. Knuckles would see the return of Idris Elba as the voice of the fearless red echidna antihero, and the first trailer for the Paramount+ show has arrived.
Designed as a bridge between Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and this year’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the Knuckles series features Elba and Adam Pally, the latter returning as bumbling Deputy Sheriff Wade Whipple as he is trained in the ways of the Echidna warrior.
Franchise regular Tika Sumpter is also in the cast, joined by Cary Elwes, Edi Patterson, Julian Barratt, Scott Mescudi, Ellie Taylor, Rory McCann, Stockard Channing, Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer, and Rob Huebel. Sadly, no Jim Carrey but at least he’s still part of the mothership as Robotnik.
Jeff Fowler, who has directed each film, has also helmed the Knuckles pilot. The series was created by John Whittington and Toby Ascher. Directors on future episodes include Jorma Taccone, Carol Banker, Brandon Trost, and Ged Wright.
Knuckles begins streaming on Paramount+ on April 26th, leading into Sonic the Hedgehog 3 which hits theaters on December 20th.