While we’ve had hints about who would be appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which is currently shooting in Vancouver, there were a few hints teased in 2019’s Sonic the Hedgehog and we saw Tails make an appearance during the credits but now, it looks like he might not be the only familiar face showing up.
— Ken (@pursuit23) April 21, 2021
Per this tweet from user pursuit23, who sold these images to pop culture blog Just Jared, we get a glimpse of lead actor James Marsden and his co-star Tika Sumpter in action filming the Sonic sequel. Both actors are shown running from an explosion of some sort. That’s not what has the internet abuzz though, it’s another shot taken that features a hint of another anthropomorphic animal making its live-action debut.
And while I wish, wholeheartedly it was Big the Cat being introduced, it isn’t. Nor is it Shadow the Hedgehog being added to the call sheet. It’s that bloody Knuckles the Echidna.
While it isn’t actually Knuckles, or Tails, or Sonic; there are three lifesize stand-ins for the trio. Tails is about as small as I expected, Sonic looks a bit bigger than in the first movie, but Knuckles towers over both of them in this photo. Thankfully, he isn’t as buff as he is depicted in Sonic Boom, but he certainly is looking pretty sturdy by all means. Knuckles first appeared as a thorn in Sonic’s side in 1994’s Sonic the Hedgehog 3 before having the duo team up in Sonic & Knuckles.
Hopefully, things go a bit smoother for the sequel, since the first film launched just as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning and the world went into lockdown. That didn’t stop the movie from doing well at the box office. Sonic the Hedgehog grossed $149 million in the United States and Canada, and $170.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $319.7 million
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is tentatively set to arrive in theatres on April 8, 2022.