Idris Elba had the support of his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, and daughter, Isan, at the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 premiere earlier this week. The premiere was held at the Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday (Apr. 5). Idris and the family gave lots of energy on the red carpet.
Idris held his daughter and wife’s hand in one shot as he smiled wide. Isan and Sabrina also smiled for the cameras while taking pictures with the man of the hour.
Idris Elba serves as the voiceover for Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The film follows Sonic the Hedgehog, which was released in 2020. Many assumed Idris would bring sensuality to Knuckles. The actor, however, subtly squashed such rumors last year.
“Contractually, I cannot say anything,” Idris told Screen Rant exclusively. “But I wouldn’t say he was sexy,” Elba added. “I don’t think I’m going for that. That’s for sure.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 director Jeff Fowler recently weighed in on whether or not he believed Idris accomplished his goal of presenting Knuckles in a less sensual manner.
“Let me just say that the fact that [the sexy voice debate] resurfaced in the last 24 hours. Everyone saying that he lied makes me so happy,” Fowler shared with the press. “Big smile on my face,” the director continued. “I don’t think anyone saw that conversation or dialogue happening, but here it is, and I’m glad it’s here. He’s such a great guy. He really wants to get the character right.”
Fowler hoped to convey the power of both Sonic and Knuckles in the latest installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. “You bring along a character like Knuckles whose entire existence is about honor and about being a warrior,” the director shared with the media. “And like right off the bat, Sonic is no match for that dude,” Fowler shared.
“So to tease that kind of confrontation like we did in the trailer, for fans to realize that that’s kind of where we’re going with it, where Knuckles is just a force of nature, and Sonic is out of his element at first because Knuckles is just more than he can handle — it felt like such dramatic sort of material and such a great foundation to build a movie story around.”
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – starring Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, Tika Sumpter, and more – comes to movie theaters on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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