The cast of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has added a Criminal Minds star to its ranks. Shemar Moore has confirmed his involvement with the video game sequel via a post on his Instagram. The veteran television actor did not include any information on who he might be playing, but the image he provided is enough to assume he’ll be taking a live-action role instead of voicing an animated character. He joins a cast that includes returning members James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Parks and Rec breakout Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic. Jim Carrey is rumored to return as the villain Dr. Robotnik. There is also the rumor that Jason Mamoa will voice Knuckles the Echidna. Sonic’s long-time friend Tails is also returning after his brief appearance in a post-credit sequence, though there has been no word on whether or not Colleen O’Shaughnessey will return to the role.
Moore is best known for his work as a television police officer. He starred as behavioral analyst Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds for eleven years before leaving the show to lead CBS’ S.W.A.T. The actor is also no stranger to the world of geeks, having provided the voice of DC’s Cyborg in five separate animated films over the last decade. Known for his smooth, charming nature, Moore served as the host of the music-based television show Soul Train for almost five years. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be one of the highest-profile films in his career, and it’s set to release in April of 2022. Jeff Fowler will return to helm the project, which will follow Sonic and his human friends dealing with the destructive return of Carrey‘s Robotnik.