Pacific Rim 2 was that one sequel I never asked for, but still somehow managed to find its way towards getting a studio green light for development, and somehow managed to renew my interest in the franchise. Its been a long road for this project, from a production budget disputes between the studio and formerly attached director Guillermo Del Toro, to Del Toro himself leaving the project.
Although I find the first movie to be forgettable, its many fans believe there’s a better one that can be made. The addition of longtime successful TV showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil) as the sequel’s new director gave that idea hope. And now the addition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega has convinced me this movie can be one of those sequels that improves on the first.
Boyega will star in the lead role as the son of military leader Stacker Pentecost (played by Idris Elba). It seems the studio wanted to somehow continue on the legacy of Stacker, and smartly so as he was the fan-favorite of the first movie. Boyega is the perfect up and coming actor to continue this franchise in the lead role for the sequel and beyond. I’m not particularly interested in whether or not any of the cast from the first film return, and as of right now neither Rinko Kikuchi or Charlie Hunnam are confirmed to reprise their roles.
We’ll see what other exciting news Pacific Rim 2 has in store, the further along the project develops. See the lengthy press release below showing Warner Bros’ major excitement for getting their dire sequel a major boost.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
JOHN BOYEGA SET TO STAR IN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF LEGENDARY’S PACIFIC RIM FRANCHISE
The Action Adventure Film Will be Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
BURBANK, CA, June 6, 2016 – 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.
John Boyega’s previous credits include STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and ATTACK THE BLOCK. His upcoming projects include STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, THE CIRCLE opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, IMPERIAL DREAMS, WATERSHIP DOWN alongside James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley, and he will star on stage next year in WOYZECK at The Old Vic. He is represented by WME and Identity Agency Group in the UK and Hansen Jacobson.
The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.
sources: Collider, Warner Bros