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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release date - when are Sonic and Tails back in theatres?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is racing to theatres around the world in 2022 - when is the Sonic sequel out, and what new characters can we expect?

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release date

When is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 out? Sometimes you just gotta go fast, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is already racing to cinemas. But when will this speedy family movie actually come out? Since Sonic topped the box office back in 2020, we all knew that a sequel would be on its way, and after some heavy surveillance that would put even Dr Robotnik to shame, we’ve managed to round up a ton of information about the upcoming adventure movie.

Based on the beloved SEGA videogame character, Sonic is hands down the world’s most famous hedgehog. His 2020 movie ranked in the three highest-grossing films in the year of its release. Sure there may have been a pandemic that could have helped its ranking, but you can’t deny that Sonic is still one of the best and most enjoyable videogame adaptations to hit the big screen yet. Talks of a sequel started popping up back in April 2020, and since then we’ve learned quite a bit about the new entry in Sonic’s cinematic universe.

Buckle in boys, gals, and all you other hedgehog pals, because we here at The Digital Fix are ready to take you through it all. In this article, we’ve got everything you need to know about the movie Sonic the Hedgehog 2. From its release date, A-list cast, to the sleuthing done on who will be playing Knuckles, the information can be found here. So sit back, grab your chaos emeralds, and enjoy.

Sonic the hedgehog 2 release date: When is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 out?

The good news is that we have a solid release date for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with no delays or bumpy production mishaps in sight. Back in May 2021, Paramount Pictures let fans know that the movie will be coming to the big screen on April 8 2022. This date applies to both the UK and the US, and hopefully, it stays on track.

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It has been known for some time that the film has two confirmed shooting locations, Vancouver and Hawaii. On May 13 2021, it was publicly announced that filming in Vancouver had finished, with director Jeff Fowler tweeting, “That’s a wrap in Vancouver! Thank you to all the amazing cast/crew in this city… so much incredible talent helping make Sonic the Hedgehog 2 truly special (and spoiler alert… EPIC!).”

Along with the release date, (as previously mentioned) original director Jeff Fowler will be back to head the sequel, and Tyson Hesse, the artist who redesigned (or should we say fixed) Sonic after that terrifying first trailer, will also be returning to work on the production.

Sonic the hedgehod 2 trailer: Is there a trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

The good news is that yes, we have a trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and a pretty snazzy one at that. In the teaser clip, we see Sonic and his human pal Tom still on Earth trying to figure out how to use Sonic’s powers for the greater good. Well, soon it becomes pretty clear that Sonic needs to save the day once an old enemy appears. You can watch the trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 below:

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The trailer then shows Dr Ivo Rotobnik teaming up with Knuckles and using a glowing green emerald to wreak havoc on the land once again. The video is full of Sonic’s usual charm, explosive action and needless to say, it makes us even more excited for the new movie.

During the 2022 Superbowl, we got another trailer, this one full of Robotnik’s mech, and has Knuckles being a right pain in Sonic’s behind.

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Sonic the hedgehog 2 plot: What is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 about?

Thanks to a leak from the United States Copyright Office, we actually know a lot about the story for the upcoming Sonic film; in fact, we even have a plot summary. The film will follow directly from where the first movie left off, with Sonic living on earth with his new friends following his triumph over the evil scientist Dr Robotnik, who is now trapped in another dimension. However, you can’t keep a devious genius down. In true sequel fashion, things start going wrong, and Sonic must save the world once again.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 release date: Dr Robotnik

The leaked synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from the Copyright Office is: “After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is ready for more freedom, and Tom and Maddie agree to leave him home while they go on vacation. But, no sooner are they gone, when Dr Robotnik comes back, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to both build and destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.”

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Yep, you read right, Knuckles is making an appearance, and it seems like Tails will be getting more screen time in this film as well. The reference to the emerald that both Knuckles and Dr Robotnik are looking for likely draws from the Sega games, and many are speculating that the upcoming plot refers to the Master Emerald specifically. It would make sense, as the god-crafted crystal, that first appeared in the Sonic 3 & Knuckles videogame, is guarded by the Echidna clan, explaining everyone’s favourite red Echidna’s addition to the film’s line-up.

Set photos have also confirmed the plot leak, showing the cast working on location and even a Knuckles stand-in dummy being used during filming. 

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Sonic the hedgehog 2 cast: Who’s in Sonic the Hedgehog 2?

Thankfully Jim Carrey is set to return as Dr Robotnik, and we can all look forward to the classic voice of Ben Schwartz coming back as Sonic. In fact, it seems that the majority of the original film’s main cast will be coming back for the sequel.

Here is the confirmed cast for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 so far:

  • Jim Carrey (as Dr. Ivo Robotnik)
  • Ben Schwartz (as the voice of Sonic)
  • James Marsden (as Tom)
  • Tika Sumpter (as Maddie)
  •  Natasha Rothwell (as Rachel)
  •  Antwan Eilish (as Nick)
  • Idris Elba (as the voice of Knuckles)
  • Colleen O’Shaughnessey (as the voice of Tails)

Criminal Minds actor Shemar Moore confirmed via Instagram that he is also cast in the film; however, no other details were shared about his role. In the Instagram post, the star shared a picture of him posing with Marsden, Sumpter, and Rothwell.

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His caption nodded to his co-stars, and confirmed his involvement with the production saying, “ Your boy is excited to be part of the Sonic 2 cast”. It’s all very mysterious, but due to his physical presence on set, he is most likely playing a human instead of voicing a colourful anamorphic animal.

Another big star that fans can expect is Idris Elba. The Suicide Squad actor announced that he will be joining the cast as the voice of Knuckles on August 10. Elba shared a close-up pic of an animated fist to his Twitter followers, tagging the movie and his new role along with it to break the news.

Another big question is who is going to voice Tails? Remember how the first Sonic film had two post-credit scenes? Well, the second one showed Tails and was voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey, the current voice actor for the character in the videogames. The good news is that O’Shaughnessey is officially coming back for Sonic 2!

The news of Tails casting dropped on December 7, 2021. With all this new info one thing is certain, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is getting ready to try and pass the original in the race for the best videogame movie to hit Hollywood yet.

And, the fun won’t stop there either! It has already been confirmed that we will get a Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and a Knuckles TV series, too!

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