Pacific Rim 2 is sitting on top of the world compared to where it once was. With the new, prime release date of February 23, 2018, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's little Kaiju that could is already locking in the key elements to make this new and exciting release date. So now's a great time to announce another potential cast member, and that possible addition is none other than Suicide Squad actor, Scott Eastwood.
Deadline got their hands on this possible casting information, which states that Pacific Rim 2 could see Eastwood as a lead in the film. This could mean that Scott Eastwood's casting would fill a possible co-pilot / antagonist slot opposite to John Boyega's character, who is apparently slated to be the new film's central character. Eastwood has been making a name for himself in pictures such as The Longest Ride and Fury, with his next big on-screen credits finding him in films such as Snowden and Fast 8.
Casting Scott Eastwood in Pacific Rim 2 is a hell of a find for both director Steven S. DeKnight, as well as Eastwood himself, as this second round of humans vs. kaijus is becoming a bit of a hot property. With the likes of Boyega and Eastwood signing onto the project, Universal looks like it's building an off-season hit, that could yield a new franchise for the studio to craft a healthy future with.
Of course, the advantages aren't totally one sided, as Scott Eastwood's career could definitely stand to benefit from the geek prestige that's surrounding Pacific Rim 2's production. As it already stands, the film looks to act as a third leg to the tripod of stardom that Suicide Squad and Fast 8 are building as early as this August. So with three franchises possibly under his belt, the next step in the natural progression of Eastwood's career would be to land himself an action franchise centered around a character tailor made for him.
While we can't think of any particular franchises or concepts that would fit the resume that Scott Eastwood has already crafted for himself, it definitely looks like Scott is following his old man's footsteps in the best way possible. Come to think of it, it would be rather cool if the younger Eastwood could find himself a Western franchise to successfully lead, as it could draw new fans to the genre, as well as reinforce the fandom of folks that came to the Western fold through Clint himself.
The future looks bright for Scott Eastwood, and all it took was an apocalypse. We'll see what the end of the world has in store for the talented young actor when Pacific Rim 2 opens on February 23, 2018. In the meantime, we'll just have to keep an eye on his performances in Suicide Squad, which opens on August 5, as well as Fast 8, which debuts on April 14, 2017.
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