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John Boyega cast in Lead Role in 'Pacific Rim 2'

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Legendary Pictures announced today that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega will be taking on the lead role in Pacific Rim 2.

The sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 sci-fi epic Pacific Rim will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight and production is due to commence in the fourth quarter of this year. Boyega will play the son of Stacker Pentecost (played in the first installment by Idris Elba). Pacific Rim 2 is due to be released worldwide (except for China).

During the press release, series alumni Del Toro had the following to say:

"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.”

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 14:08:12

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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