John Boyega, the star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has signed a deal with Legendary Pictures for the leading role in Pacific Rim 2. The film will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight and will serve as the official sequel to the 2013 release Pacific Rim. Boyega will play as the son of Idris Elba's character from the first installment, directed by Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro will still be on staff in assisting direction of the second installment set to release in the coming year or two.
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox,” Steven S. DeKnight commented. “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.”