In word from Deadline, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has signed on to star in the second Pacific Rim film. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) is directing the sequel based on the franchise created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Becham. The 2013 film grossed $411 million.
Boyega will be playing the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost.
On the signing of Boyega, del Toro said: “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.”
Boyega will next be seen in The Circle with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson and then Star Wars: Episode VIII.