Idris Elba is Knuckles Idris Elba's hand

Is there anything Idris Elba can't do? He can lead a suicide squad; he can be a cheeky detective; he can mastermind a drug empire in Baltimore; he can fight kaiju on the ocean floor. Now you're telling me he can play an echidna? Talk about range.

Sonic's gruff, spiky, floaty friend-rival Knuckles is set to appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog sequel film arriving in 2022, and he's going to be played by Idris Elba, the star tweeted today. 

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As the internet loses its collective mind over this immaculate casting decision I find myself trying to imagine how it came to be. Did Idris Elba mount a behind-the-scenes campaign to secure himself the role? Did he call someone at Paramount and say “This is the role I was born to play?” What did the studio's list of Top Echidna Candidates look like?

Is there a phone recording somewhere of Idris Elba, unbidden, performing the Pumpkin Hill rap?

Maybe the movie studio just reached out and offered him a lot of money for like, three days of easy voice acting (I'm guessing there's not a whole lot of mocap work involved). Either way, I just hope Idris Elba is aware of the power he now wields: if he shows up to the Sonic movie premiere next year in a Knuckles outfit, DeviantArt will ascend to a new plane of existence.

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