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Pacific Rim 2 Casts Star Wars Actor In Lead Role

written by Bookwyrm June 7, 2016
Pacific Rim 2 - John Boyega Cast

First, he attacked the block. After that, he awakened the Force. Next up on John Boyega’s to-do list? Rimming the Pacific Taking down some kaiju in Pacific Rim 2, which may be called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.

According to Deadline, the sassy stormtrooper known as Finn recently joined the cast of the on-again, off-again, definitely-on-again-this-time sequel from Legendary Pictures. He will reportedly play the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the previous film.

John Boyega - Pacific Rim 2 - Star Wars

In the original film, Pentecost never mentioned having a son, and that idea was never really alluded to in any other part of the story. He adopted Mako after discovering her during a kaiju attack, but that is the only mention of any kind of living family for Elba’s character. Could this be a case of an unknown offspring stepping into Daddy’s shoes to prove something to himself? Will there be a witty display of sibling rivalry between Boyega’s character and Mako, should she return? Does anyone really care? This is a movie about giant robots fighting even giant-er monsters. That’s enough awesome all on its own.

Boyega first started turning heads with his role as a gang leader in Joe Cornish’s sci-fi comedy Attack The Block. From there, he appeared in a few independent dramas before his star-making turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many welcomed the actor’s natural charisma and delivery, and it is widely accepted that his performance was one of the things that set the slightly derivative (but still awesome) sequel apart from what had come before.

Will Boyega get to deliver any stirring, apocalypse-canceling speeches? Will his star status elevate Pacific Rim 2 from genre flick to mainstream success? Time will tell.

Originally slated for an August 2017 release, Pacific Rim 2 has no confirmed release date. Directed by former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, the giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters followup stars John Boyega, with cast members like Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Rinko Kikuchi, and Ron Perlman expected to return.

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