Sonic The Hedgehog 3 | Krysten Ritter among the actors set to appear in spiky sequel

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Krysten Ritter will join Jim Carrey and several other humans in the animated videogame tie-in sequel, Sonic The Hedgehog 3.

Work on Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – the sequel to 2022’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2, which is in turn a sequel to 2020’s surprise hit Sonic The Hedgehog – continues apace. Over the weekend, the videogame tie-in got a logo reveal as well as the not-entirely-surprising news that Jim Carrey is to reprise his role as Dr Robotnik.

The animated Sega sequel has recently had some more familiar actor names added to its cast, though, with IGN reporting that Krysten Ritter, Alyla Browne, James Wolk, Sofia Pernas, Cristo Fernandez and Jorma Taccone have all joined the line-up.

Ritter is perhaps best known for the title role in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, and it’s rumoured that she’ll be immersing herself in the plum role of Rouge the Bat in Sonic The Hedgehog 3. It hasn’t been announced who those other actors will play in the film, either, but we do know they’ll join the existing talent which comprises Idris Elba (as Knuckles the Echidna), Ben Schwartz (Sonic himself) and James Marsden as Tom Wachowski.

The success of the Sonic films – not to mention The Super Mario Bros Movie – signals a distinct change in fortunes for the videogame-to-movie adaptation, and Sega is bullish enough that it’s announced its intention to adapt other “major IPs” for the big screen. We’ve previously speculated, perhaps a bit too wildly, about the kinds of IPs Sega could dust off for the cinematic treatment.

Sega’s success with the Sonic movies also leaves us wondering whether other companies will look at the cute creatures in their own archives. Back in the 1990s, Sonic The Hedgehog was such a phenomenon that it triggered a tidal wave of ‘mascot platformers’, all featuring their own furry heroes with attitude. Perhaps we’ll see movie adaptations of Busby, Zool, Gex, Superfrog, Awesome Possum, Titus the Fox and Aero the Acro-Bat in our local multiplexes soon.

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 is out in UK cinemas on the 20th December 2024.

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