More casting news has arrived for the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 giant robot vs giant monster beat ’em up, Pacific Rim, as Variety is reporting that actress and pop singer Cailee Spaeny has landed the female lead in Legendary’s Pacific Rim 2.
John Boyega will play the male lead in Pacific Rim 2, and Scott Eastwood also stars. Steven S. DeKnight is directing.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.
Pacific Rim was set in the near future with Earth at war with the Kaiju, monsters that emerged from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The movie went on to gross more than $410 million at the worldwide box office.
Plot details are vague on the follow-up other than Boyega playing the son of Elba’s character, who sacrificed his life in the original film. Character details are unknown with regard to whom Spaeny will be playing.
Pacific Rim 2 begins production this November in Australia and will also film a portion in China. It will be released February 23, 2018, by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.