Pacific Rim 2 to hit cinemas in February 2018
The sequel to Pacific Rim has been given a release date of February 23rd in 2018.
It had looked earlier this year like the chances of a sequel to the blockbuster, which was created and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, were slim after Legendary Pictures pulled the movie from its schedule and no replacement date was put in, but last month it was confirmed that production will begin later this year and that John Boyega will playing a leading role.
The new release date will mean the movie will hit cinemas five years after the original and one week after Marvel's Black Panther hits sceeens.
Boyega, who is currently filming the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will play the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost in the new movie. Scott Eastwood is also in talks to take a key role in the movie.
The news of Boyega's casting was confirmed along with the announcement that Steven S. DeKnight, best known as the creator of Spartacus: Blood and Sand and its assorted spin-offs, will direct the movie.
The movie starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba and was set in the future where a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, in the midst of that a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon and try to save humanity.
The sequel is rumoured to be titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, but that's yet to be confirmed.
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