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Edi Patterson, Julian Barratt, Scott Mescudi, and Ellie Taylor will join Idris Elba for the Sonic the Hedgehog spinoff series, Knuckles.

While The Super Mario Bros. Movie continues to dominate the box office, Paramount is rubbing its paws together at the thought of releasing Knuckles, a Sonic the Hedgehog spinoff series for Paramount+. With video game adaptations becoming more popular than ever, thanks to the success of Sonic the Hedgehog, The Last of Us, and Illumination’s Mario movie, it’s the perfect time to expand the Sonic Universe for television. Idris will reprise his role as Knuckles in Sonic 2, and also for the series. Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones, Knives Out, Vice Principals), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh, Mindhorn), Scott Mescudi (Pearl, X, Need for Speed), and Ellie Taylor (Ted Lasso, The Mash Report) also join the cast alongside Adam Pally, who will reprise the role of Walt Whipple. Rory McCann guest stars.

The plot for SEGA and Paramount’s Knuckles series revolves around Knuckles’ journey of self-discovery while training Wade Whipple as his protege. The story occurs between Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3, with the live-action animated threequel racing into theaters on December 20, 2024.

Jeff Fowler, who directed Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, is returning to direct the pilot for Knuckles. Idris, Neal H. Moritz and Toby Ascher executive produce the series along with John Whittington, Toru Nakahara, Toru Ascher, and Toru Ascher. Ged Wright, Brandon Trost, Jorma Taccone, and Carol Banker will also get behind the camera for the Knuckles series. Whittington, who wrote Sonic the Hedgehog 2, returns to pen the Echidna’s episodic adventure.

The Sonic the Hedgehog property must go fast to keep pace with Nintendo and Illumination’s Super Mario Bros movie. Nintendo’s library of classic video games properties can help it expand its reach into animation. While Sonic The Hedgehog comes from a vast universe of characters and stories, Nintendo also has a large library of classic video games properties. Sonic’s fanbase is powerful, and while Nintendo’s reach may be wider, it’s important to recognize the intensity of Sonic’s fans. If Sonic the Hedgehog wants to crossover with SEGA’s Jet Set Radio, I’d be willing to take the ride.

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