The long awaited sequel, and frequently delayed potential franchise project ‘Pacific Rim,'is finally going ahead. The news comes along with confirmation of a new leading man who will continue the story forward from the first film, stepping into the shoes of a new character, that replaces an old one.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’actor John Boyega will also be the lead of ‘Pacific Rim 2’

The actor whose breakout role was the small British film ‘Attack The Block,'is now a household name with his inclusion in one of the biggest franchises in cinematic history, ‘Star Wars.'And now, the actor seems to have the doors thrown open as he joins another potential franchise.

The first ‘Pacific Rim’ starred Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, and introduced a world of monsters and mech robots that was the stuff of nostalgic gold. The project directed by Gillermo Del Toro has been planning a sequel for a long time now, but nothing’s ever gained traction on that front, despite numerous announcements from the filmmaker himself. This confirmation may finally allow ‘Pacific Rim 2’ to be made.

Because on top of confirming Boyega, the director of this movie has also been finalized, and it’s Steven S.

DeKnight, showrunner of Season 1 of Marvel’s ‘Daredevil.'The movie will see Boyega as the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film. Which means that the sequel will carry on many of the story elements from the first film. Maybe Hunnam's character goes in search of Boyega's, similar to how Elba's character recruited Hunnam's in the first film.

Given that the first film saw two leading men, the sequel may still have more actors to be cast as we get closer to production, which will happen in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Given the scale of most sequels, a lot more roles may be included with more geek-friendly fan favorite actors. The world of Kaijuus and Jaegers will continue when the sequel to ‘Pacific Rim’ releases. No word yet if the former plans of an animated prequel to the sequel will still be released or not.

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