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‘Knuckles’: ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ TV Spinoff Gets First Trailer & Premiere Date At Paramount+

Paramount+ has released the official trailer for Knuckles, the Sonic the Hedgehog TV spinoff, from Paramount Pictures and Sega of America, starring Idris Elba in the title role. Adam Pally reprises his role from the film franchise as Wade Whipple. The streamer also announced today that all six episodes of the series will drop on Friday, April 26, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada; the following day, April 27, in all additional Paramount+ territories; and in Japan later this year.

The live-action series takes place between the films Sonic The Hedgehog 2 and Sonic The Hedgehog 3. It follows Knuckles (Elba) on a hilarious and action-packed journey of self-discovery as he agrees to train Wade (Pally) as his protégé and teach him the ways of the Echidna warrior.

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In addition to Elba and Pally, the ensemble cast includes guest stars Stockard Channing (The West Wing), Edi Patterson (The Righteous Gemstones), Scott Mescudi (Don’t Look Up), Ellie Taylor (Ted Lasso), Julian Barratt (Mindhorn), Rory McCann (Game of Thrones), Cary Elwes (Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Paul Scheer (Black Monday), and Rob Huebel (Childrens Hospital). Special guest star Ben Schwartz will reprise his role as Sonic, as well as special guest star Tika Sumpter, reprising her role as Maddie. Colleen O’Shaughnessey will also return as a special guest star in her role as Tails.

All of the key creative team from the previous films have returned for the series, including the films’ director/executive producer Jeff Fowler, who directed the pilot episode, as well as Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, John Whittington and Toru Nakahara, who serve as executive producers. Elba also serves as executive producer. Additional directors for the series include Ged Wright, Brandon Trost, Jorma Taccone and Carol Banker.

The series was created for television by Whittington and Ascher, who is showrunning during production. Whittington, who wrote Sonic The Hedgehog 2, serves as head writer and wrote the pilot for the series. Additional series writers include Brian Schacter and James Madejski.

The combined global box office for Sonic The Hedgehog and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 stands at $725.2 million. On Paramount+, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 marks the top Kids & Family film on the service and is one of its most re-watched films. Sonic The Hedgehog 3 will be released in theaters on Dec 20, 2024.

In addition to streaming exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Latin America, Australia, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan, Knuckles will stream on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain and Central and Eastern Europe. The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

Watch the trailer above.

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