John Boyega Grabs Lead for Pacific Rim Sequel

John Boyega Pacific Rim 2Another bit of exciting news to hit the nerdy web this morning, as Star Wars star John Boyega has picked up the leading role in the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel.

According to Deadline, Boyega will play the role of the son of a character played by Idris Elba.

The film will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight, and it will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2016. The film, which is being produced by Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Jon Jashni, hails from Legendary Pictures.

del Toro had this to say about the cast addition:

“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.”

The Pacific Rim 2 release date is currently slated for August 4, 2017, and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on its development as we learn more.

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