Idris Elba Voicing Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic 2 Movie

Idris Elba, an English actor and musician, has been confirmed for the role of Knuckles the Echidna in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. Known for his roles in TV shows like The Wire and Luther and movies such as No Good Deed, Pacific Rim, the Thor trilogy, and the recently released The Suicide Squad, Elba has long had a presence in high budget television and blockbuster movies. 

He also played Macavity in Cats. So, theoretically Knuckles can sing, I guess?

Knuckles and his voice actor have both long been part of Sonic 2 movie speculation. Even before Knuckles was leaked, actors like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Mamoa were both being rumored by nonsense websites as potentially being up for the role.

Alongside the announcement came a tease of how Knuckles will look in the movie: a roughed up boxing glove and some red fur. I know it’s not much, but as a long-time Knuckles fan, I like what I see! Check it out below:

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will hit theaters on April 8, 2022, and is currently in post-production.

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Nuckles87 has been an editor at Sonic Stadium since 2007, and has been covering events like E3, PAX, and SDCC since 2010. An avid retro gamer, he runs a monthly stream on Twitch where he explores obscure Sonic oddities, and how aspects of the franchise have evolved over the decades.


  1. Really excited. I don’t keep up with actors or celebrities at all so I never heard of this guy, but the teaser pic alone is enough to get me pumped up. April can’t come soon enough!

  2. So what kind of Knuckles can we expect Elba’s voice direction? I don’t know the guy that well.

  3. Great to hear! My mom thinks he’s probably one of the most attractive actors out there and honestly? I’d be inclined to agree! He’s amazingly talented and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table as Knuckles!

    Anyways, I’m crossing my fingers this means Paramount is done with stunt casting for the movie so Tails gets to continue being voiced by Colleen. They’ve already got the established cast from the first movie plus Shemar and Idris, that’s more than enough. For consistency/the budget’s sake, Collen would probably be the wisest choice to go with for the film. We’ll see.

    Adventure adaptation for the next movie or we riot! Or at least Amy.

  4. Interesting, Elba is a very good actor but I’m not sure how well he can voice Knuckles. Have see Knux in full action footage to judge.

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