Idris Elba plays Knuckles in the Sonic movie sequel.

Idris Elba, a prolific Hollywood actor famous for a wide range of roles, will play Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the second of the blue blur's silver screen outings. The performer, star of Luther and most recently appearing in The Suicide Squad, confirmed as much on social media earlier:

There's not an awful lot more to say on the matter. This feels like a real 2021 moment, if there are such things.

Elba joins the established cast, with Ben Schwartz returning as the voice of SEGA's speedy mascot, James Marsden as his human buddy Tom, and Jim Carrey reprising the role of Dr. Robotnik. We don't yet know who will play Tails in the movie, but presumably this will be made clear fairly soon. The film is scheduled for release next April, so there's plenty of time to get excited for Elba's portrayal of the anti-hero monotreme.

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