John Boyega to Star in ‘Pacific Rim 2’

John Boyega in 'Pacific Rim' Sequel
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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout John Boyega is heading to another sci-fi universe.

Boyega will star in Steven S. DeKnight’s “Pacific Rim” sequel, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film.

The movie, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham, will hit theaters in 2017.

Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce the action adventure along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.

“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,” del Toro said. “‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”

The first “Pacific Rim,” directed by del Toro, hit theaters in 2013. The film, which also starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Robert Kazinsky, grossed $411 million worldwide on a $190 million price tag.

“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.

Boyega is currently shooting “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” in which he reprises his role as stormtrooper Finn. His slate of films includes “The Circle,” opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; and “Watership Down,” starring James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley. He will move from the big screen to the stage next year in “Woyzeck” at The Old Vic.

The actor is represented by WME and Identity Agency Group in the U.K. and Hansen Jacobson.

The Legendary Pictures film will be distributed by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.

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  1. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    Get rid of Derek Connolly as writer and I’m in. Boyega is a gifted actor who elevated the material both in Attack the Block and The Force Awakens. Glad to see his career shooting up.

  2. The Worst 'RIM Job Ever says:

    For this sequel that the vast majority of movie-goers have never really clamored for, could they at least lose the murk and the rain and shoot the damn thing in daylight so one can see what the heck is happening, and make it a tad easier to distinguish what one big noisy thing is doing to another big noisy thing?

  3. Felicity says:

    Idris Elba. No sequel necessary

  4. EricJ says:

    No one particularly wanted a Rim sequel–except Del Toro who kept faithfully promising there’d be one–until Warner suddenly wanted to “link-universe” the ’14 Godzilla with next year’s Kong: Skull Island for a “monster universe”.
    The Linked-Universe trend, where studios now even make movies -they- don’t want to make.

    • Shandy says:

      The heck even is “Pacific Rim?” *has to look up* Oh. Can’t remember whether I saw it or not! Doesn’t look like something I’d find terribly interesting or hope for more of either, but eh…whatever.

    • Sarcoprion says:

      “No one particularly wanted a Rim sequel”

      Except me and practically everyone else I know.

    • Kareem "Daigoji Gai" Harper says:

      EricJ I’d talking out of his ass. The film’s earnings, merchandise, proliferation of viral fan created content & meme as well as the volume of social activity (volume up there with any Marvel film) 0rovides several hard data points that MANY want & still wanted this film. EricJ is talking out of his ass in public not knowing the the malarkey flowing from his own said arse.

      Disappointing GDT isn’t directing but I and I know and can prove millions more can’t wait for PACIFIC RIM 2, 3 +++. It was an amazing tribute to the mecha & kaiju of a true 70s/80s kid’s youth.

  5. Marti723 says:

    Awesome choice! He’s really talented can and deserves every role he’ll get! :)

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