Shadow the Hedgehog is set to be a key figure in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie, and the voice actor for the character may have been revealed.
While the first two Sonic films were unqualified successes, things might be getting even bigger in the third. That’s because a fan-favorite character is set to make his long-awaited appearance in the series. Though he only appeared for a short time, it was specifically teased that Shadow the Hedgehog will be appearing in Sonic 3.
The cast for the Sonic films is a strong one and has a mix of top voice actors and prolific on-screen talent. The reported name behind Shadow the Hedgehog doesn’t quite fit into either of those categories, but fan response has been positive regardless.
Will Shadow be in the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie?
Shadow the Hedgehog is confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie. The character was teased in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and was later shown in promotional materials for the film.
Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey are set to reprise their roles as Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails respectively. It is unclear if Jim Carrey will reprise his role as Robotnik since the actor announced he would be retiring. The cast will add another actor with the introduction of Shadow.
In the Sonic video games, Shadow is created by Robotnik as an experiment to treat his granddaughter, Maria. Shadow and Maria developed a strong friendship that ended in tragedy when the government labeled Shadow as dangerous. The Guardian Units of Nations, also known as GUN, killed Maria while Shadow fought to save her. The traumatizing event changed Shadow’s perspective, who promised to protect the world moving forward while having an adversarial relationship with both Robotnik and Sonic.
Other characters are set to return for the third installment in the film series. By the end of the second movie, Knuckles and Tails move in with Sonic and his adoptive family, the Wachowskis. After failing to keep the Master Emerald under his control, Eggman is missing and presumed dead. In the post-credit scene, the GUN agents revealed they had discovered the coordinates to a secret research facility. They recognize it as the site where Project Shadow started.
Plans for the third movie were announced around the same time the second movie premiered. Filming started in 2023, pausing briefly during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. The production resumed by the end of the year with some possible locations being Los Angeles, Japan, and Norway.
Who is the actor for Shadow in Sonic the Hedgehog 3?
Star Wars alumni Hayden Christensen is rumored to play Shadow in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3.
If you need a villain, why not go for one of the greatest villain of all time? That seems to be the logic Sonic the Hedgehog 3 followed when it came to casting its main villain, according to regular Hollywood leaker DanielRPK. DanielRPK has accurately released news on Marvel Cinematic Universe news ahead of Disney, and has turned his attention to video game adaptations lately with reports of a pitch for a Smash Bros crossover film.
Hayden Christensen is best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He reprised his role on the Disney+ TV shows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka. The news has not been officially confirmed by Christensen or his representatives, or the film studio.