Idris Elba is Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie

Idris Elba Knuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie playing fist

Idris Elba has basically confirmed that he is playing Knuckles in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. He did so via a succinct post to social media (also shared by Sonic social media, sealing the deal), with the words “Knock, knock…” appearing with an image of Knuckles’ fist and the hashtags #SonicMovie2 and #Knuckles. There is no universe where Idris Elba would tweet a picture of Knuckles and talk about Sonic the Hedgehog 2 if he were not cast as Knuckles. So, rejoice. A Golden Globe-winning actor whom you may have recently seen killing people as Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad is now in a Sonic movie.

A leaked plot synopsis for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie revealed that Knuckles would be in the movie, and photos taken from the set had basically confirmed that as well. He will apparently be cooperating with Eggman — and no doubt manipulated by the villain the whole time. We can likely rest assured that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles will all be friends by the end of the movie.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 filmed in at least Hawaii and Toronto, though since this is a voice acting gig, Idris Elba may not have been around for any of it as Knuckles. Elba’s probably a little taller than the canonical Knuckles, after all. Anyway, tell us how you feel about this major announcement!

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!