Actress and pop singer Cailee Spaeny has landed the female lead in Legendary’s “Pacific Rim 2” the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi hit.
John Boyega will play the male lead in “Pacific Rim 2” and Scott Eastwood also stars. Steven S. DeKnight is directing.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo 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.
The first “Pacific Rim,” directed by del Toro, also starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Robert Kazinsky.
“Pacific Rim” was set in the near future with Earth at war with the Kaiju, monsters that emerged from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The movie went on to gross more than $410 million at the worldwide box office.
Plot details are vague on this pic other than Boyega playing the son of Elba’s character, who sacrificed his life in the original film. Character details are unknown on who Spaeny would be playing.
The film begins production this November in Australia and will also film a portion in China. It will be released February 23, 2018 by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.
The role marks Spaeny’s biggest to date having only appeared in the indie “Counting to 1,000.” Spaeny is represented by Innovative Artists, Hyphenate Creative Management and Hansen Jacobsen.