John Boyega Cast in Lead Role in PACIFIC RIM 2

I'm not going to lie, I teared up a bit when I read this news. I've wanted nothing but the best for Pacific Rim 2, and now Deadline is reporting just about the best news. John Boyega has been cast as the LEAD ROLE in the movie! Boyega will play the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) and (we can hope) pilot some Kaiju-ass-kicking mechs!

Guillermo del Toro had kind words to say about the Star Wars actor:

“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.”

I can't tell you how happy I am with this casting decision. Boyega is a great actor, and to take one of the hottest Star Wars actors right now and put him in this film will only propel the franchise to the level it deserves!

The film is scheduled to begin production at the end of this year with Steven S. DeKnight directing.

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