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Paramount Drops ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Super Bowl Spot

The new footage gives franchise fans their first look at Dr. Robotnik’s locked-and-loaded mech suit.

Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup, Paramount Pictures shared an early look at its latest spot for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Entitled “Big Game Spot,” the new trailer features Sonic and Knuckles as they vie for control over an all-powerful emerald.

Knuckles, voiced by Idris Elba, is the latest foil to Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and his sidekick Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) -- a partner-in-crime to the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who seeks the chaos emerald in his quest to topple civilization. In this new footage, Sonic and Knuckles go head-to-head in some kinetic, candy-colored moments of action, building to the reveal of Robotnik’s rocket-launching mech suit. We also get glimpses of Sonic snowboarding on frosty slopes, and riding atop Tails’ red and white biplane -- a fan-favorite piece of Sonic franchise iconography that now makes it feature film debut.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is directed by Jeff Fowler, from a script by Pat Casey and Josh Miller and John Whittington. The film also stars returning cast members James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Lee Majdoub, as well as series newcomers Shemar Moore, Elba, and O’Shaughnessey.

Ged Wright is the film’s production VFX supervisor, with DNEG, Marza Animation Planet, and MPC Film providing visual effects production.

The movie is produced by Paramount Pictures in association with the SEGA Sammy Group, Marza Animation Planet, and Blur Studio. Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, and Hitoshi Okuno also serve as producers. Haruki Satomi, Yukio Sugino, Shuji Utsumi, Nan Morales, and Tim Miller serve as executive producers.

Paramount is set to release the franchise’s first film sequel in theaters April 8, 2022.

Watch Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Super Bowl spot:

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