NEW ROLE: John Boyega
STAR WARS actor John Boyega has announced that he will be star in the sequel to sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim as well as co-producing the film alongside agent Femi Oguns.
The 24-year-old confirmed his involvement on Twitter, saying he was both "very excited" and "so happy" to be on board as both an actor and producer for the second instalment of the franchise.
According to Deadline, Boyega will play the son of Stacker Pentecost, the Jaeger pilot and military commander played by Idris Elba in the original.
It’s unconfirmed whether Elba or any of the original cast will be returning to the franchise, which grossed $411m at the box office.
Boyega also revealed that his own company UpperRoom Productions - founded alongside Oguns - is to produce the sequel alongside Legendary Pictures.
Guillermo Del Toro, who directed the original Pacific Rim, will serve as a producer while Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight takes over direction.
“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 said.
The storyline of the original is set in the future, when Earth is at war with colossal monsters which have emerged from an inter-dimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
The actor is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII and will next be seen onscreen opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in The Circle.
The busy actor will also be making his stage debut on London’s West End in Woyzeck at the Old Vic, next year.