Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date, trailer, cast, and more

The Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date is speeding towards us, and we've all the information on the next sequel featuring the Blue Blur

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date: Sonic and Tails on a plane

When is the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date? Paramount and SEGA took Hollywood by storm with the videogame movie Sonic the Hedgehog. As one of the highest-grossing movies of the year, the studio decided to push out an equally impressive sequel. After the juicy Sonic the Hedgehog 2 post-credit scene in the last family movie, fans are already asking for news on Sonic 3. Warning spoilers ahead!

Directed by Jeff Fowler, the Sonic cinematic franchise tracks our favourite hedgehog’s time on earth. We’ve seen Sonic (Ben Schwartz) take on the evil Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey), race to save the world, and even Fortnite dance his way to victory. In Sonic the Hedgehog 2, our spiky-haired friend battled it out against Dr Robotnik, met some new friends – Knuckles (Idris Elba) and Tails (Colleen O’ Shaughnessey), and protected an ancient power source called the Master Emerald. A lot happens, and even more is left up in the air as the movie ends with Dr Robotnik’s escape, and a new major character reveal.

Luckily, Paramount already confirmed a threequel, and the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date is on its way. Here’s all the information you need about our fast friend’s next adventure.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date

Sonic 3 will be released on December 20, 2024. The sequel was announced in February 2022,  along with a Knuckles spin-off TV series. Considering how much money Sonic’s sequel made, the news of a sequel was hardly surprising.

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In its first month, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 made an impressive $324.5 million at the box office between the US and UK. This makes it the most successful videogame movie ever made.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date: Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik

 Sonic the Hedgehog 3 plot speculation

There is no official plot synopsis for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. Still, thanks to the ending of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and a spicy post-credit scene, we can assume Shadow the Hedgehog will be the next movie villain to take on our favourite blue hero.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ended with Dr Robotnik being defeated, once Knuckles Tails, and Sonic team up to take him down. After reclaiming the ancient power source, the Master Emerald, from Dr Robotnik’s hands, Sonic and his new family dedicate their lives to looking after the gem. However, it turns out that Dr Robotnik’s body was never recovered – hinting that they could meet the evil genius in the future.

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On top of Dr Robotnik, who will obviously be after the Master Emerald yet again, the post-credits of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 also revealed a brand new villain – Shadow. After cleaning up the mess from Sonic and Dr Robotnik’s last fight, GUN (the Guardian Units of Nations) discovered some 50-year-old secret coordinates to an abandoned facility where ‘Project Shadow’ was underway. We see a black hedgehog open his eyes in the teaser clip – ready to cause some chaos.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date: Tails looking at a gadget

The character of Shadow was first introduced in the 2001 videogame Sonic Adventure 2, and was created by none other than Dr Robotnik’s granddad Gerald Robotnik. In the games, Shadow is generally an anti-hero with a dark backstory. But despite his edgy style and attitude, he is normally on Sonic’s side… typically. However, in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, an alliance probably won’t be on the cards for Sonic and Shadow, considering how the franchise is now looking towards a new main baddie following Dr Robotnik’s disappearance.

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In terms of the human characters in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, stars Tika Sumpter and Natasha Rothwell told The Digital Fix what they hope for their characters in the new movie. Sumpter explained how it would be great if we could all see more of Maddie’s job as a veterinarian, while Natasha hoped that the two sisters will get more action scenes in the next chapter. So far, it is unclear if their wishes will come true, but we are personally rooting for more detailed character studies going forward.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date: Maddie and Tom

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 cast

In terms of returning cast, Sonic fans will be pleased to learn that our two main pals, Ben Schwartz and James Marsden, are on board. Schwartz voices our titular blue hero, Sonic, while Marsden plays sheriff Tom, Sonic’s best friend.

Idris Elba, who voices Knuckles, will also be coming back for the sequel as the actor has already signed up for the spin-off Knuckles TV series. It makes sense that since the star has committed to the character on more than just one project, he will be a returning fixture if Knuckles makes an appearance in the future film.

Colleen O’Shaughnessey is also set to come back as the adorable yellow fox Miles ‘Tails’ Prower, since we can’t have Sonic without his newly formed colourful gang, can we?

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We can also rest easy knowing that some familiar human faces will be coming back too. Tika Sumpter as Tom’s wife, Maddie, will probably be back, along with her feisty sister Rachel, played by Natasha Rothwell. If Rachael joins the cast line-up in the new film, we may also get to see Shemar Moore again as her fiancé/ undercover GUN agent.

It is all pretty exciting, right? However, I am afraid there is some heartbreaking news on the casting front for Sonic. Jim Carrey, who has been the perfect Dr Robotnik over the last two Sonic movies, is unlikely to return as the bald villain. In a 2022 interview, Carrey revealed his intent to retire from acting following Sonic the Hedgehog 2. With this in mind, we may see the role of Dr Robotnik recast, or the character retired from the cinematic franchise for the time being.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 release date: Sonic and Tails in a cave

Speaking of villains, it is pretty apparent that Shadow is stepping up to the plate as the big new baddie of the franchise. Currently, there has been no word on who will voice the black hedgehog in the future – however, we will let you know who will be up to the edgy task once we know more.

And there you have it, SEGA pals, all the information that you need to know about Sonic the Hedgehog 3. For more family-friendly fun, here are our guides to the best Disney movies and the best-animated movies of all time.