Pacific Rim 2 Casts Star Wars' John Boyega in Lead Role
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The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that actor John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Finn) will play the lead role in Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 science-fiction robot film. Boyega's character will be the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost character from the first film.
Steven S. DeKnight, showrunner and director on Netflix's Daredevil series, will direct the film. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, and del Toro are credited as producers, and Jillian share is credited as executive producer for the film. Jon Spaihts wrote the current script attached to the film, and Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly is also on the production team for the film. Universal Pictures will release the film in 3D worldwide.
Creator del Toro previously posted on his Twitter account in January that production on the sequel to his Pacific Rim film is "still going," and that he will "remain w [sic] it in one way or another!" He had submitted the script and budget for the film last November.
Universal removed the film from its release schedule, but insisted with Legendary Entertainment last September that they remain committed to making the film. The sequel had been slated for August 2017, after previously being planned for April 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter