Sonic the Hedgehog is racing back to the big screen. And this time he’s bringing some familiar faces with him. Released at the 2021 Game Awards, the first trailer for the sequel sees Sonic face off against Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik once more. But this time the villainous scientist looks a lot more like his video game counterpart. We also get to see Tails and Knuckles make their first appearances in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 follows the adventures of Sonic and Tails. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a hero. But his true test comes when Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik returns with a new partner – Knuckles. After doing some super sleuthing Sonic discovers the duo’s evil plans. They are searching for the Master Emerald – a jewel that has the power to destroy civilizations. With the fate of the world at stake, Sonic teams up with Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. Check out the new trailer:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sequel is directed by Jeff Fowler from a script by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington. Ben Schwartz is reprising his role as the CGI blue speedster. Lending their voices to Knuckles the Echidna and Sonic’s sidekick Tails are Idris Elba and Colleen O’Shaughnessey respectively. The human cast includes James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, and Jim Carrey. Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore also stars in the film.
Sonic the Hedgehog gained a cult following in the 1990s and has since sold over 140 million units, grossing over $6 billion as of 2020. This includes both packaged and digital formats. The popular Sega game is centered around Sonic, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, typically on a quest to defeat the villainous Doctor Robotnik (played by Jim Carrey in the movies). Sonic the Hedgehog is Sega’s flagship franchise and one of the bestselling video games of all time.
The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie (featuring Jim Carrey) premiered in early 2020 after being delayed due to fans’ dissatisfaction with the character’s initial design. Despite the setback, it became one of the most successful releases of that year, earning $319.7 million worldwide. It also became the highest-grossing video game film adaptation of all time in North America.
Sonic the Hedgehog captured the essence of the game and followed the blue speedster as he navigated the complexities of life on Earth. Along with his newfound human friend, small-town sheriff Tom Wachowski, Sonic finds himself in a whirlwind adventure to recover his magic rings and prevent Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from using his immense powers for world domination.
Following the success of the first movie, and with plans for a film series, the studio announced a follow-up in May 2020. Filming began this year in Vancouver and Hawaii from March to June. Producers include Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, and Hitoshi Okuno. See Jim Carrey and company in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 when it is set for release on April 8, 2022, by Paramount Pictures.