In a fairly underwhelming tweet from John Boyega this morning, we now know whats going to happen to the apocalypse:
I'll be taking on the Pacific Rim franchise with Steven S.Deknight directing. Very excited!
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 6, 2016
IT’S CANCELLED, BITCHES!
The original film opened in 2013 to mixed reviews and barely passed $100 million. But we adore the movie! As the original movie signifies an anniversary that our Editor, Jen, will not let me soon forget.
The original cult classic was directed by fan favorite Guillermo del Toro, best known for the movie Pan’s Labyrinth and in the gaming world for the ever so creepy and cancelled Silent Hills game. As Toro steps away from directing the sequel, Steven S. DeKnight has picked up the mantle to bring new life into this extremely interesting post apocalyptic world.
Word is, Boyega is to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba in the original, who guaranteed us a “cancelled apocalypse” and was very awesome and handsome in doing so before kicking some major Kaiju ass and <SPOILER ALERT> paying the ultimate price in that final battle to close the portal at the bottom of the Pacific ocean, closing out the giant alien monsters.
Perfect casting I feel. Elba is a Brit, Boyega is a Brit. Let the acting flow naturally. Not to mention they are both phenomenal actors, I’m just really excited to see it!
The original press release with quotes follows:
JOHN BOYEGA SET TO STAR IN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF LEGENDARY’S PACIFIC RIM FRANCHISE
The Action Adventure Film Will be Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
BURBANK, CA, June 6, 2016 – Legendary Pictures has tapped John Boyega, one of today’s most talented rising stars, the lead role for the second installment of its PACIFIC RIM franchise. The film, which is targeting a 4th Quarter start date is rapidly taking shape as a key project on Legendary’s upcoming slate with Boyega playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film.
The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. 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 will serve as the film’s executive producer.
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Mary Parent, Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production.
“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,” stated del Toro.
John Boyega’s previous credits include STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and ATTACK THE BLOCK. His upcoming projects include STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, THE CIRCLE opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, IMPERIAL DREAMS, WATERSHIP DOWN alongside James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley, and he will star on stage next year in WOYZECK at The Old Vic. He is represented by WME and Identity Agency Group in the UK and Hansen Jacobson.
The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.
About Legendary Entertainment
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $12 billion worldwide at the box office.