Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has been cast in the lead role of Legendary Entertainment's Pacific Rim 2. Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba's character, Stacker Pentacost, from the first film. In addition to his on-camera role, Boyega has also been added as a producer alongside his partner in his new film single Upper Room Productions, Femi Oguns.
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today's generation of young leading men,” said Legendary's Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production, Mary Parent.
Former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is directing this Pacific Rim sequel, with original director Guillermo del Toro acting as producer with co-creator Trais Beachum.
"I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox," del Toro said. "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."
Pacific Rim 2 has not been given an official release date by Universal Pictures.