Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Confirmed: John Boyega to Star in 'Pacific Rim 2'

After Legendary recently removed the Pacific Rim sequel from their upcoming release schedule, things were looking bleak for the Guillermo Del Toro creation and many suspected the follow-up would never make it to cinema screens. This wouldn't have been hugely surprising either as although the first film did make over $400 million worldwide, when you consider its colossal $190 million budget plus advertising costs that number becomes less impressive.
However, just when all hope was lost news broke yesterday that Pacific Rim 2 was indeed coming and in better form than many had dared hope. The sequel has bagged John Boyega for the lead role, an actor hot off his breakout role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who has quickly established a sizeable fan following. He will be playing the son of Idris Elba's character from the first film, and will no doubt end up piloting one of the movie's gargantuan jaeger's by the time the credits start rolling.
No other plot or cast details were given, and so whether the sequel will also see the return of Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Ron Perlman remains to be seen -- but fans will be keeping their fingers crossed.

Guillermo Del Toro who is seemingly always working with an extremely packed schedule has stepped down from the director's chair for the sequel, possibly at the request of Legendary who its rumoured was looking for someone more cost-effective to helm the film. Apparently that someone is Steven S. DeKnight who is better known for his work as a producer, with his only recent directing gigs being an episode of Netflix's Daredevil series (for which he was also the showrunner). Handing someone so new to directing the reins to such a big budget franchise is a daring move, and only time will tell if it ends up being a successful gamble.
Pacific Rim 2 is set to start shooting sometime in the final quarter of this year, with a release date as of yet uncertain but rumoured to be sometime in 2018.


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