SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 Character Design Lead Reveals Awesome, New Look At Tails & Knuckles

Storyboard supervisor and character design lead for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tyson Hesse, has revealed a new look at Knuckles, Tails, and the titular speedster as they appear in the upcoming sequel.

The first official trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie sequel was released yesterday during The Game Awards annual ceremony — more on that here. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will reintroduce Ben Schwartz as the voice of the titular speedster and Jim Carrey as, Sonic's nemesis, Dr. Robotnik. Additionally, Jim Carrey and Tika Sumpter will reprise their role, among others.

The video game movie sequel will also introduce new characters in the form of Knuckles the Echidna and Miles Prowler, better known as Tails. The former will be voiced by Idris Elba and, judging by the trailer, serve an antagonistic role — at least at first. The voice of Tails is provided by Colleen O'Shaughnessey who has previously played the character in such franchise entries as Sonic Boom and Team Sonic Racing.

Yesterday's trailer featured our first proper look at Knuckles, while we've known about Tails since the first film debuted — seeing as the yellow fox featured in the first film's post-credits scene. Still, it's nice to get a new look at the characters. Hence why storyboard supervisor and character design lead Tyson Hesse sharing this new piece of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 artwork is so awesome.

This piece clearly leans into Knuckles playing a villainous role. Here we can also see that Sonic has retained his pouch of rings that he used to portal around in the first film, so expect some awesome action that makes use of those in the sequel. Check it out below:

The world’s favorite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. From the filmmakers behind The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen O'Shaughnessey as the voice of Tails.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is set to arrive in theaters on April 8th, 2022.

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