Keanu Reeves Cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic 3

Keanu Reeves Cast as Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic 3

The Sonic fandom collectively gasped when it was revealed that Shadow the Hedgehog would be in Sonic the Hedgehog 3, and it looks like they’ve found someone to voice Sonic’s rival—and he’s another face from the Cyberpunk 2077 game.

THR reports that Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix) has been cast as the voice of Shadow the Hedgehog in Sonic the Hedgehog 3. As it turns out, Jim Carrey will be returning as Robotnik for the third movie, and he’s going to be recruiting Shadow to go after Sonic this time—because things worked out so well with Knuckles the first time.

We don’t know exactly what Shadow’s deal is going to be in the movie, but fans know that he is essentially the “Anti-Sonic.” He has the same set of skills and powers, but whereas Sonic is supposed to be fun and friendly, Shadow is all dark and edgy.

With Knuckles already getting his own enemy-turned-friend arc, I’m hoping that they manage to tackle Shadow’s story in a different way. Then again, this is a kids’ property, so it’s possible that Shadow and Sonic will eventually find a way to reconcile their differences and team-up against the true enemy which is Robotnik/Eggman.

The first Sonic movie came out way back in 2020, and has since been one of the defining kids’ properties of the decade. We don’t know how long they plan to go forward with Sonic, but I’m excited to see how Hollywood is going to tackle video game movies for kids moving forward. Let’s not forget Super Mario was also a smash hit. You think Crash Bandicoot is coming anytime soon?

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 is expected to come out in theaters on Dec. 20.

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