I had never heard of Idris Elba when I started watching The Wire back in the day, but like the various cast members of Mr. Show (best wishes, Bob!), or the kids on Friday Night Lights, everyone on The Wire has become a favorite of mine, and I am always happy to see them show up in other projects. Elba has been in plenty of things over the years, and lately his career has been booming.
Last week he led the ensemble cast of The Suicide Squad as Bloodsport, and his deadpan responses to the insane characters and bizarre situations James Gunn’s sequel to the 2017’s much-maligned Suicide Squad were one of the highlights of the movie. Now, fresh off that cartoonish comic book movie, he’s been cast in a new, cartoonish video game adaptation, which he announced via his Instagram account.
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He’ll be appearing, or at least lending his voice to, the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel as Knuckles (instead of the rumored Jason Mamoa.) We don’t know much about the movie yet, but rumor has it that it will feature a variety of Sonic’s cohorts from the video game. We already saw Tails, briefly, in the first movie, which suggests he’ll be back, along with Jim Carrey’s award-winning Dr. Robotnik, currently stuck on another planet but no doubt scheming to get back to earth and get revenge on the hedgehog.
As for Knuckles, he’s part of the Echidna clan and is a frenemy of Sonic’s who spends his time protecting the Master Emerald. Perhaps Sonic, tails, and Knuckles will team up to defeat Dr. Robotnik, or maybe Robotnik is after the emerald, or maybe Knuckles will have a speech about 40 degree days. Who knows?
I’m just happy that Elba is doing so well, because his Stringer Bell was one of the most memorable characters on the greatest television show of all time, and I’m a fan for life.