BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Nigerian Hollywood actor, John Boyega has been chosen by Legendary Pictures for the lead role for the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise.
According to Deadline, Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the Del Toro-directed original film. Universal will release the film worldwide, everywhere but China.
The movie will be helmed by Steven S. DeKnight and will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year. The story is written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham and produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer.
Speaking about their reason for choosing Gboyega, Mary Parent said, “It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men.”
“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,” del Toro added.
The 2013 original was about legions of monstrous creatures called Kaiju that arose from the sea, bringing with them all-consuming war. To fight the Kaiju, mankind developed giant robots called Jaegers, designed to be piloted by two humans locked together in a neural bridge. However, even the Jaegers are not enough to defeat the Kaiju, and humanity is on the verge of defeat. Mankind’s last hope now lies with a washed-up ex-pilot, an untested trainee and an old, obsolete Jaeger. It grossed about $411 million.
John Boyega came into the limelight when he starred in Attack the Block and has been moving in leaps and bounds. His latest was Star Wars: The Force Awakens that did really well in the box office.