Not content to explore the far reaches of the galaxy, up-and-coming star John Boyega is set to come back down to Earth in yet another epic sci-fi battle. And this time, he'll be facing off against Kaiju. Legendary Pictures announced today it has cast the Star Wars: The Force Awakens' failed Stormtrooper Boyega in its follow-up to 2013's Pacific Rim, tentatively titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Guillermo del Toro will co-produce, while Steven S. DeKnight is set to direct. On Boyega's rising star power, Parent had this to say:
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men."
Del Toro, who directed the first film, chimed in with his pleasure at the casting news:
“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.”
Boyega will be playing the son of character Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba in the first film. The premise of the first movie revolved around huge alien creatures entering our world via a breach in the ocean. To defeat these monster foes, humans create gigantic humanoid mechas, piloted by two people via the drift, a mental link that connects the pilots to each other and to their mecha robot.
The first film grossed $411 million worldwide, and the next installment has been heavily teased and hiccuped over the past few years. With this new solid casting choice, it looks like we're finally getting a sense of how great this next film will be.