In the wake of his breakout role in 2011’s Attack the Block, John Boyega has become nothing short of a Hollywood superstar, most recently ascending to the next level as new character Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What’s next for Boyega? We are super excited to report that he’ll be starring in Pacific Rim 2!
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, and the outlet reports that Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the Guillermo del Toro-directed original film.
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox,” said 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.”
Steven S. DeKnight is directing Pacific Rim 2, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year.
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 is executive producer.