Things had been pretty rocky for the Pacific Rim sequel in the past, but now it looks like things are starting to come together. Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) was recently brought on to helm the sequel, Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) was hired to help make the script a bit better. The best news of all though? The Force Awakens star John Boyega has just signed on to star in the film.
Deadline broke the news, and here is the official press release below:
Legendary Pictures has tapped John Boyega, one of today’s most talented rising stars, the lead role for the second installment of its PACIFIC RIM franchise. The film, which is targeting a 4th Quarter start date is rapidly taking shape as a key project on Legendary’s upcoming slate with Boyega playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film.
The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Mary Parent, Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production.
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job,” stated del Toro.
So John Boyega is playing the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba’s character). You guys excited to see Boyega star in another film? Let us know in the comment section below!
Pacific Rim 2 has yet to receive an official release date, but as soon as it does, we’ll let you know.