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Knuckles (Credit: `Sonic the Hedgehog 2,` Paramount Pictures)
Knuckles (Credit: "Sonic the Hedgehog 2," Paramount Pictures)

Paramount+, Paramount Pictures & SEGA of America round out cast for 'Knuckles'

Wed, Apr 19th 2023 09:05 am

First TV series in expanding ‘Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog,’ zooms into production

√ Adam Pally to star as Wade Whipple and more cast announced to join Idris Elba, previously announced as Knuckles

√ Series reunites ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ filmmaking team of Jeff Fowler, Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher & Toru Nakahara

Press Release

Paramount+, Paramount Pictures and SEGA of America announced the cast and the start of production for the service’s upcoming live-action series “Knuckles,” the latest in the “Cinematic World of Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The new live-action series will follow Knuckles on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade as his protégé and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior. The series takes place between the films “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” and “Sonic the Hedgehog 3,” marking the next installment of the hit franchise, which is slated for Dec. 20, 2024.

In addition to Idris Elba, previously announced as the titular character Knuckles, Adam Pally will reprise his role from the film franchise as Wade Whipple. The ensemble for the “Knuckles” series also includes recurring cast Edi Patterson (“The Righteous Gemstones”), Julian Barratt (“Mindhorn”), Scott Mescudi (“Don’t Look Up”), Ellie Taylor (“Ted Lasso”) and guest star Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”). In addition, Tika Sumpter will guest star, reprising her role as Maddie, with additional cast to be announced.

Production on “Knuckles” began earlier this month in London. All of the key creative team from the previous films are returning for the series, including Jeff Fowler, the films’ director, who is directing the pilot episode; as well as Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, John Whittington and Toru Nakahara, who serve as executive producers on the series. Idris Elba also serves as executive producer. Additional directors for the series include Ged Wright, Brandon Trost, Jorma Taccone and Carol Banker.

Whittington, who wrote on “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” wrote the pilot and is the head writer for the series. The other series writers include Brian Schacter and James Madejski.

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” earned over $190 million in domestic box office, and over $214 million internationally for a combined total gross of over $405.4 million. On Paramount+, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” marks the top-performing Kids & Family film on the service, and is also one of the service’s most rewatched films.

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