If there's anything that will help your career blow up, it's starring in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. That has certainly held true for John Boyega, who will soon make another splash in PACIFIC RIM 2. The actor, who played Finn the defected Storm Trooper, will be portraying the son of Idris Elba's character in the original film (no word on if Elba will be returning).
Boyega's previous appearances include a part on 24: Live Another Day and a breakout role in ATTACK THE BLOCK. The charming actor is certainly a good fit for the eclectic, comedy-drama-sci-fi-horror atmosphere of the franchise. And honestly, we're so lucky to be even getting a sequel to PACIFIC RIM that we'd have to have been happy if they cast Vine stars or something instead of actual actors.
PACIFIC RIM 2 will be helmed by Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, replacing original director del Toro, who remains on board as a producer. The script is being hammered out by JURASSIC WORLD screenwriter Derek Connolly.