Idris Elba confirms via Instagram he’s voicing Knuckles in Sonic The Hedgehog 2


‘Knock, knock…..’: Idris Elba confirms via Instagram he’s voicing Knuckles in Sonic The Hedgehog 2


He stars in the box office hit The Suicide Squad that debuted at number one this past weekend.

And on Tuesday, it was announced that in demand Idris Elba has landed another plum role – as Knuckles in Paramount’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

The former Luther star confirmed the news by posting an image of the Sega game character’s signature hand to his Instagram with the caption: ‘Knock, knock…..’

In demand: Idris Elba (pictured in 2019)has been cast as the voice of Knuckles in Paramount’s Sonic The hedgehog 2, it was announced on Tuesday

Excited: The actor, 48, confirmed the news by posting an image of the Sega game character's signature hand to his Instagram with the caption: 'Knock, knock…..'

Excited: The actor, 48, confirmed the news by posting an image of the Sega game character’s signature hand to his Instagram with the caption: ‘Knock, knock…..’

The first movie was released in February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to close, and grossed a staggering $319 million worldwide.

In May 2020, director Jeff Fowler confirmed via social media that a sequel was in the works and filming recently began in Vancouver, Canada.

Returning are Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic as well as James Marsden as Sheriff Thomas Michael Wachowski, Tika Sumpter as his wife Maddie and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik.

The first movie was released in February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to close, and grossed a staggering $319 million worldwide

The first movie was released in February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to close, and grossed a staggering $319 million worldwide 

Helming again: In May 2020, director Jeff Fowler confirmed via social media that a sequel was in the works and filming recently began in Vancouver, Canada

Helming again: In May 2020, director Jeff Fowler confirmed via social media that a sequel was in the works and filming recently began in Vancouver, Canada

Cast: Back in action will be Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic as well as James Marsden as Sheriff Thomas Michael Wachowski (pictured) and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik

Cast: Back in action will be Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic as well as James Marsden as Sheriff Thomas Michael Wachowski (pictured) and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik

It's all about the hands: Elba's character Knuckles is a spiny anteater who made his first appearance in the 1994 Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3

It’s all about the hands: Elba’s character Knuckles is a spiny anteater who made his first appearance in the 1994 Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Elba’s character Knuckles is a spiny anteater who made his first appearance in the  1994 Sega video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Knuckles started out as an antagonist having been persuaded by Dr. Robotnik that Sonic was his enemy, Variety reported.

He went on to become a playable character in a follow-up game Sonic and Knuckles, also released in 1994.

The character ultimately realizes who the bad guy is and changes sides, becoming Sonic’s pal. 

Hit movie: Elba currently stars as Bloodsport in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad which opened atop the box office this past weekend

Hit movie: Elba currently stars as Bloodsport in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad which opened atop the box office this past weekend

London-born Elba, 48, has been busy since movie production started opening up again amid strict pandemic protocols.

His drama Concrete Cowboy dropped on Netflix in April and his highly-anticipated performance as Bloodsport in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has delighted fans and critics alike.

The actor has wrapped filming on the fantasy drama Three Thousand Years of Longing with Tilde Swinton and has been working on the thriller Beast.

He’ll next be seen on screen in the Western The Harder they Fall which is set for a theatrical release on November 3.

Iconic character: The London-born actor made a name for himself as TV detective John Luther, starring in five seasons of the show between 2010 and 2019

Iconic character: The London-born actor made a name for himself as TV detective John Luther, starring in five seasons of the show between 2010 and 2019

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