John Boyega to Star as Lead in Pacific Rim 2

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Pacific Rim’s sequel feels similar to Avatar, It’s been moved, changed and talked about for years ever since the original opened in theatres in 2013, the film made little bank for what the Studio had wanted in the U.S. the film made $101 Million and most of its money internationally with 75% of the films revenue amounting of its total mass taking in $309 Million for a total of $411 Million worldwide, so you can see why the Studio have been trigger shy on greenlighting a sequel as Pacific Rim is a film that takes at least $150 Million to produce minus Marketing.

The sequel lost the first films director in Guillermo del Toro (the sequels biggest advocate) and replaced by Steven DeKnight who worked on T.V. series Spartacus and the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil (which was great) and then they brought in Jurassic World screenwriter Derek Connolly and Jurassic World’s script is nothing short of hollow. It seems something good has come out at last as a press release (via Collider) today has revealed Star Wars star John Boyega is set to star in the sequel as how else but the son of Idras Elda’s character, the press release doesn’t mention any other actors being involved.

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The films biggest advocate Del Toro who is involved as a producer on the film (I believe) has given us updates on the film via Twitter as always:

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Here’s the 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.

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