Sonic The Hedgehog 2 trailer, release date, cast, secrets – and everything else you need to know

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

With the return of the rocket-heeled rodent, Jim Carrey at the top of his rubber-faced game and Idris Elba voicing a brand-new villain, the Sonic 2 release date can’t come soon enough.

From the Sonic 2 trailer to cast soundbites, our expert guide will get you up to speed.

Sonic 2 release date: April 1st

What’s the backstory to the Sonic 2 movie?

Before 1991, hedgehogs didn’t feature much in popular culture. Eagles, panthers, dragons – those were the kind of alpha animals you’d trust to front a tentpole franchise. Slow, snuffly, sleep-all-day rodents? Not so much.

But when Japanese video games giant Sega set out to create a mascot to beat arch-rival Nintendo, programmer Yuji Naka and artist Naoto Ohshima co-created a character that would run and run (literally).

Debuting in that year’s Sega video game, Sonic The Hedgehog was everything his species was not. Bright blue, ice cool, likeably snarky and unbelievably fast, he whizzed along in trainers inspired by the album cover of Michael Jackson’s Bad, while pocketing gold rings like a go-faster Gollum.

Given the character’s popularity, it’s strange that nobody made a Sonic The Hedgehog movie until 2020. But then, with that first film grossing almost $320 million, it’s no surprise to find the sequel is hot on its heels. The Sonic 2 release date is April 1st – and we’ll race you down to the local ODEON.

What do we learn from the Sonic 2 trailer?

The first Sonic movie found our prickly protagonist foiling Doctor Robotnik’s plans to harvest the electricity in his quills.

At the end of that film, Jim Carrey’s mad scientist was punted into a parallel dimension and harmony restored – but the credits scene dropped heavy hints at a rematch.

Jim Carrey in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

The Sonic 2 trailer starts out bright and breezy, with the high-speed hog meting out vigilante justice to bank robbers and considering a superhero rebrand (“Blue Justice – trademark pending!”).

But as the kindly town sheriff who helped Sonic through the first movie, Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) worries about his attitude. “You’re being reckless,” he warns. “You’re still just a kid. Trust me, there will come a moment when your powers will be needed.”

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

That moment has arrived.

Now calling himself Doctor Eggman, Carrey’s moustachioed super-villain returns to Earth in an oval spacecraft that looks like it’s been laid by an evil chickbot.

And he’s got his sights on an even mightier power source, in the form of the Master Emerald.

 


 

Who are the other baddies in the cast of Sonic The Hedgehog 2?

The Sonic 2 trailer reveals Doctor Eggman has brought backup to ensure he’s not foiled again. It’s an (un)welcome back to Agent Stone, once again played by Lee Majdoub, and only too happy to quit his barista job and pick back up with his old boss.

Jim Carrey and Lee Majdoub in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

Like any self-respecting evil genius, Eggman is packing an army of mechanical nasties, including a drone swarm that buzzes Sonic during a memorable snowboarding chase.

But the Doc’s deadliest henchman in the Sonic 2 movie has to be Knuckles: a brimstone-red echidna (a spiny cross between an anteater and a hedgehog) voiced with a Latin twang by Idris Elba.

“You’ve got Sonic’s speed, you’ve got Knuckles’ super strength, and we just put them in an environment and let them go at it,” says director Jeff Fowler. “It’s a little like Captain America and Iron Man – it just offers so much opportunity in terms of fight choreography and action.”

Knuckles (Idris Elba) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

Who’s the little twin-tailed fox in the Sonic 2 trailer?

That’s Tails – and he’s older than he looks. In fact, this much-loved sidekick first appeared in 1992’s video game sequel Sonic The Hedgehog 2, where his mechanical and aviation skills proved invaluable in the fight against Eggman.

Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

And if Tails sounds just like you remember him from the Sonic Boom cartoon, that’s because Colleen O'Shaughnessey plays them both.

“Taking my old pal Tails for another adventure,” the Michigan-born voice actress tweeted last December.

“Can’t wait for y’all to see him on the big screen.”

How good is Jim Carrey in Sonic 2?

Voiced with spark and sass by Parks And Recreation’s Ben Schwartz, you could argue that the biggest star of the Sonic 2 movie is the blue blur himself. But if the Sonic 2 trailer is any indication, you can expect Jim Carrey’s Doctor Eggman to steal every scene in his maddest role since The Mask.

The comic legend’s rubber-faced contortions picked up serious acclaim the first time around. In fact, his disco-dancing, moustache-twirling tour de force was so good, Adam Sandler was moved to review his friend in real-time. “I called Carrey from the movie theatre,” he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “and I was telling him how funny he was while it was going on.”

Jim Carrey in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

Now, the Sonic 2 movie really lets Carrey off the leash – and the actor has been waiting. “I would reprise the role in a heartbeat,” he told Capital Radio back in 2020. “Because he is not yet fully evolved. He has not reached evil’s apotheosis.”

“That’s really something we were very excited about – letting Jim go a little bit more full-on Eggman in terms of being a little more unhinged and a little crazier," Fowler told Total Film. “That certainly is a great place for Jim Carrey to have a lot of fun. I think fans will be really excited with the direction we’ve taken him."

Tika Sumpter and James Marsden in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

What does director Jeff Fowler say about the Sonic 2 movie?

With action-comedy sequels, you go big or you go home. So we’re happy Fowler has cranked all the dials in the Sonic 2 movie, keeping us glued with biplane battles, skyscraper leaps – and plenty of heart.

“It’s bigger,” he told Collider. “I think you get a sense of that from the Sonic 2 trailer. Obviously bringing in Tails, bringing in Knuckles, sending them all on this great big action adventure. It is much bigger in scope, but also in humour – and of course, what good is any of that if there's no heart or emotion? It is absolutely bonkers how much great stuff there is, but we also continue to tell Sonic's story, develop him as a character.”

Official poster for Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures.

© 2021 Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, Inc.

What’s the Sonic 2 release date?

After two years of cooling our heels, we’re all feeling the need for speed. Now, cinema’s fastest fuzzball is back to smash the sound barrier, and with the Sonic 2 release date set for April 1st, you’ll want to come along for the ride. So don’t hang around. Just like Sonic, tickets are going fast…

 


 

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 release date is April 1

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