The Pacific Rim 2 development cycle has been a rollercoaster ride in of itself. It’s been cancelled, delayed, re-announced with a new director, and has had some shake ups in the writing department. We already know that Del Toro won’t be returning to direct, with Daredevil’s Steven S. DeKnight taking his place, and now we’ve gotten some solid casting news.
The Force Awakens’ John Boyega has been tapped to play the lead role in the Kaiju filled sequel, and will play the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecoast. There has been no word on who (if any) of the cast will be returning from the original film, but it’d be a real shame not to see Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori again, as well as the friendly faces of Charlie Hunnam and Charlie Day.
I feel a little conflicted about this. A big part part of Stacker’s character arc in the first film had to do with his over protectiveness concerning his Mako, his surrogate daughter. He never made any mention of any other family, and it’s not like he could have any other children considering (SPOILER ALERT) he sorta dramatically blows himself up. Stacker having another kid that he never brought up could feel a bit contrived, but there is potential for some real dramatic tension between Boyega’s character and Mako over the potential favoritism and/or abandonment that defined the characters’s relationship with Stacker.
I’m happy to see Boyega getting some big work. Finn was one of my favorite new characters in The Force Awakens, and Boyega brought a lot of charisma and fun to the role. He was also excellent in the lesser known Attack the Block, further proving that he has some real talent. Boyega joining Pacific Rim 2 increased my already high expectations for the film, as it looks to be shaping up quite nicely.
Guillermo Del Toro threw up a couple tweets about production. Take it away Twitter: