Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim received mixed reviews when it came out in 2013, making just over $400 million globally. Now that Pacific Rim 2 heads into higher gear, a young star joins the cast in a leading role.
It is really a love or hate affair with the film. Most either love it or hate it. In any case, Pacific Rim 2 should have a different feel, since Guillermo del Toro is forfeiting directorial duties to Steven S. DeKnight, mostly known for TV projects like Smallville and Marvel’s Daredevil.
The film just became a much more alluring prospect, with the news that John Boyega (Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) is attached.
He portrays Edris Elba‘s character Stacker Pentecost’s son. Idris Elba’s character was probably the best thing about the original film, so if only some of his talent rubs off on young Boyega, we’re in for a fun ride.
The actor himself confirmed the news Monday on Twitter –
I'll be taking on the Pacific Rim franchise with Steven S.Deknight directing. Very excited!
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 6, 2016
John Boyega also stars in 2011’s alien invasion action comedy Attack The Block. It seems like science fiction suits him well, so Pacific Rim 2 looks like a good fit for the young star.
Del Toro, who will still take on the project as a producer said of John to Deadline –
“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.”
Producer Mary Parent added –
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out among today’s generation of young leading men.”
We have to say we’re also excited to see John take on a lead role in another big movie. Will he be able to, in Stacker’s words, “Cancel the apocalypse”? We’ll find out when Pacific Rim 2 aka Maelstorm releases. However, no date has been set for release, so we will keep our eyes open for any updates from Legendary Pictures.
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