John Boyega to Star in PACIFIC RIM Sequel

John Boyega will star in Legendary's Pacific Rim sequel reports Deadline. Boyega who starred in Attack the Block and the indie hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens will play the son of Idris Elba's character (Stacker Pentecost) from the original film.

The sequel will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil Season 1 showrunner) 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 company. 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 Parent.

Said del Toro: “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.”

Boyega next stars with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII and the animated BBC miniseries Watership Down opposite James McAvoy and Ben Kingsley.

Universal will release the film worldwide, except China. The 2013 original film grossed $411 million worldwide.

Pacific Rim begins production in the fourth quarter of 2016 and is likely to be released sometime in 2018.

Here are tweets from John Boyega confirming the news.



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