On the same day Paramount announced Sonic The Hedgehog 3 (coming this December), they also said they were simultaneously working on a TV miniseries starring Knuckles the Echidna, spun off from the cinematic universe. Today was the day the Mountain revealed what that will look like, as well as when we can see it.
Knuckles’ first appearance in the Sonic 2 movie mirrored his character arc from the Sonic 3 video game: as protector of the Master Emerald, he was tricked by Dr. Robotnik into believing Sonic was trying to steal it. In reality of course it was Eggman who wanted the Emerald and Sonic and Knuckles had to team up to defeat him. The movie had a similar situation going.
Jim Carrey won’t be appearing in Knuckles’ show, but you’d be surprised how much of the original cinematic cast it retains. Idris Elba is still Knuckles’ voice, Ben Schwarz is still Sonic, James Marsden and Tika Sumpter will return as Tom and Maddie, and Adam Pally is back as Wade Whipple — but you’ll actually be seeing a lot more of Wade this time than the other humans.
Knuckles has agreed to take on Wade, teach him his ways, and turn him into a formidable fighter like the echidna himself. It just may take…a long time. Wade doesn’t seem to be doing very well in the trailer Paramount released. And Knuckles has a bigger problem: one of Robotnik’s assistants is after him. This bushy-bearded man has hired two people and kitted them out with giant cyborg guns to capture Knuckles. It, of course, will not be as simple as that.
Sonic will appear, but he’s going to have his hands full fighting Shadow in another production — this is mainly Knuckles’ story. The miniseries also stars Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Scott Mescudi (Don’t Look Up), Ellie Taylor (Ted Lasso), Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Paul Scheer (Black Monday), Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital) and Colleen O’Shaughnessey, who is always Tails.
The six-part epic premieres on Paramount+ April 26.