Everybody’s got to have two franchises these days. It almost seems like a joke, but if you look at any number of talented young actors in Hollywood it seems like they’ve got to balance appearances in two franchises or film series along with their regular acting in other film roles, TV projects or stage work. In that spirit, John Boyega has gone out and secured himself another major role. Not only does he fill the boots of Finn, reluctant Resistance fighter and reformed Stormtrooper in the new Star Wars trilogy, but now he has been called to cancel the Apocalypse – again – in the upcoming Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
Legendary Pictures has announced that Boyega is coming onboard the Pacific Rim sequel as the son of Stacker Pentecost, the leader of the Jaeger program played by Idris Elba in the original film, according to Deadline. Boyega is the first officially the first actor to come on to the sequel which will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight in his feature film directorial debut. Guillermo del Toro, the director and co-writer of Pacific Rim, will be a producer on the sequel.
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Legendary’s Mary Parent on the casting.
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox,” added del Toro. “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.”
There’s no word on a release date yet of Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the whole project was mothballed about nine months ago, but bringing in Boyega and promoting his casting is a pretty good sign that there’s some serious forward momentum now on the project. Whether or not the original film’s cast members like Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., and Ron Perlman might come back for more, is still unknown.
We’ll keep you posted with any new developments as they become available.