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It’s time to cancel the apocalypse, again.

Pacific Rim 2 has had more than its fair share of set backs on the road to getting a sequel, but it has made some serious progress in the last few months with the announcement of Steven S. DeKnight as the director, and the news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega would be joining the cast to kick some kaiju ass. And now we have a date for Boyega to kick said monster ass: February 23, 2018. One week after Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters. Seems risky to me.

While details on the actual story of the film remain a mystery, we do know who Boyega is playing: the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost. Other than that, you’re guess is as good as mine. It’s unknown currently if any of the surviving cast of the original film will return, but with the lack of news surrounding it, I’m going to wager a no. I hope I’m wrong though, as it would be nice to see Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi return to their respective roles. There were rumors that Charlie Day’s character would be the villain of the sequel, after drifting with a Kaiju brain, and it would be cool to see elements of that manifest in the sequel.

I’m just happy to see the film finally get a release date. I’ve been itching for a sequel for a long time, and it’s existence has been something of a roller coaster ride. Here’s to 2018.

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