Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are expected to reprise their roles.
This casting not only capitalizes on Boyega’s Star Wars fame, it maintains the diversity of the original, which is important to Pacific Rim's writer-director Guillermo del Toro's. He tells Deadline.com, “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.”
Pacific Rim 2 will start production in later this year.