The Pacific Rim sequel is finally happening, for real, and they just cast John Boyega as the lead character.
Legendary Pictures made the announcement today, and Boyega will be playing the son of Idris Elba’s character in the first movie. It’s still not known how long after the first film the sequel is set, but Boyega’s character probably wants revenge on the rift aliens for making his father nuke himself to save the world in the first movie.
The sequel is being directed by Steven S. DeKnight, although del Toro is still producing it. del Toro tweeted shortly after the announcement that they’ll begin filming the movie soon:
Just landed. I am so happy the news broke! Pacific Rim 2 starts shooting soon!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 6, 2016