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John Boyega will lead the cast of Pacific Rim 2

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Doublestack Pentecost

Is that an apocalypse I smell, or just some Kaiju brown at the edge of hope? Well prepare for that apocalypse to be cancelled again and then some, because Pacific Rim 2 has just picked up pace and is moving ahead with some terrific casting news. Fresh out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, comes news that John “Attack The Block” Boyega will join Pacific Rim 2 and lead the cast as the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost.

And a part of me hopes that his name is Doublestack Pentecost. Here’s the official word from Boyega himself:

Guillermo Del Toro, who directed the first Pacific Rim and will oversee this sequel, had this to say about Boyega:

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.

As for Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi reprising their roles in Pacific Rim 2, there’s no word yet on an official return from that pair. Pacific Rim 2 will also see Del Toro vacate the director’s chair and hand the job over to Stephen S. DeKnight, who will start production later this year on the Kaiju-bashing sequel. With Boyega as Pentecost’s son, there’s a lot of great opportunities here to build on that universe.

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After all, if Stacker could pilot a Jaeger with the son of his old Kaiju-killing partner Her Hansen, then he’s probably also drift-compatible with Doublestack Pentecost. The previously confirmed news of Stephen S. DeKnight is also a good sign. As much as I love the work of Del Toro, having his fingers in so many projects at any given time means that his films take an agonizingly long time to materialise.

DeKnight is a TV veteran, having worked predominantly on the Spartacus series and Daredevil over on Netflix. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles the switch from Hell’s Kitchen to the bigger battlefields of Pacific Rim 2. And always remember: EMPTY THE CLIP! EMPTY THE CLIP!

Last Updated: June 7, 2016

13 Comments

  1. I quite enjoyed that movie

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  2. Ottokie

    June 7, 2016 at 14:35

    Awww yuss! Pacific Rim!

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  3. Ir0nseraph

    June 7, 2016 at 14:53

    Happy that the second movie is on it’s way, but a new director and no Idris Elba, I just hope it will be good.

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 7, 2016 at 14:54

    Obviously his name would be Halfstack, not Doublestack, D!

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  5. Tiaan Pat

    June 7, 2016 at 14:54

    I feel they changed it too much from the original ova…. wonder how the second one would be like

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  6. Strawman Jim

    June 7, 2016 at 14:56

    Just keep the Waschowskis away from the script and the movie….

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  7. Anon A Mouse

    June 7, 2016 at 15:07

    I wonder who will be his man crush in all the interviews, since Harrison Ford isn’t in the movie.

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  8. Original Heretic

    June 7, 2016 at 15:18

    I hope that in the sequel, someone gives them the memo. “The swords kill the kaiju really well! Use them first!”

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    • Darren Peach

      June 8, 2016 at 02:00

      What happens if it’s a level 77 event ?

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      • Original Heretic

        June 8, 2016 at 08:03

        Dan kak hulle!

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  9. DragonSpirit009

    June 7, 2016 at 16:14

    Sweet! Loved the first movie but the ending was a bit of a cliché. Still loved it!

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