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After his performance as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the calls quickly came flooding in for John Boyega to join and lead a variety of different films. It didn't take too much consideration for Boyega to pick Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim that could even be the first of many sequels. Boyega has recently begun work on Pacific Rim: Uprising, and to celebrate, he's now shared an image of himself on set as his new character. You can check it out below.
Looks moody, dank and ominous to me. John Boyega's legion of followers were instantly enthralled with the above image, too. Especially since Boyega's caption confirmed what we suspected: that he's playing a relation, probably the son, of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost from the first film.
The above image appears to show Boyega psyching himself up for a battle with the Kaiju, the colossal monsters that emerge from a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and cause quite a bit of damage to planet Earth. While we still don't know too much about _Pacific Rim: Uprising, _the safe bet is that both John Boyega and Scott Eastwood are two Jaeger pilots in it.
It's still a little bit of a surprise that we're actually getting a Pacific Rim sequel. First of all, the first movie grossed $411 million from just a $190 million budget, which meant that its predecessor was far from a box office success. It specifically underperformed in the United States, taking in just $101.8 million domestically, and it was only saved by its impressive international gross of $309.2 million.
However, most critics enjoyed Pacific Rim, with Guillermo Del Toro's visuals and the vast, rich world that he'd created receiving praise, even if the movie did become a little convoluted and dragged towards the end. So when it was additionally announced in February, 2016, that Guillermo Del Toro had actually stepped down as Pacific Rim 2's director, there were even more doubts about whether the sequel would actually happen.
But the powers that be were able to work through these problems, and while Guillermo Del Toro now only has a story by and producing credit, Pacific Rim: Uprising has a new director in the shape of Steven S. DeKnight (Starz's Spartacus), while the script was worked on by DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin.
There have been some changes in the casting department, too. Neither Charlie Hunnam or Idris Elba are returning (for obvious reasons, on the latter), but while Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day are, they will be joined this time by Boyega, Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian. We'll get to see if they can do the original justice, or even usurp its quality, when Pacific Rim: Uprising is released on February 23, 2018.