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‘Star Wars’ Actor John Boyega to Star in ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel

Finn is set to take on some kaiju in Pacific Rim 2!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout John Boyega will star in the long planned Pacific Rim sequel, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the original film.

The movie, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham, will hit theaters in 2017. Del Toro is working only as a co-producer on the sequel along with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, and Jon Jashni. Boyega and Femi Oguns will also get producers credits under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.

“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,” del Toro said. “The world saving the world was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”

Boyega took to Twitter to share the news earlier today.

The first Pacific Rim was directed by del Toro and hit theaters in 2013. The film, which also starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day, grossed $411 million worldwide on a $190 million price tag.

“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out among today’s generation of young leading men,” Mary Parent, Legendary’s vice chairman of worldwide production said.

Boyega is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, in which he reprises his role as Finn. His slate of upcoming films includes The Circle, opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; and Watership Down, starring James McAvoy and Sir Ben Kingsley. He will move from the big screen to the stage next year in Woyzeck at The Old Vic.

The Legendary Pictures film will be distributed by Universal Pictures around the world with the exception of China.

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