Three years since the release of the first film, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has officially begun shooting, as announced by director Steven S. DeKnight, who on Wednesday tweeted: “Day 1 of shooting. The adventure begins… #PacificRim2”
The sequel stars John Boyega, who plays the son of Marshal Stacker Pentecost, played in the Guillermo del Toro-directed original by Idris Elba. Alongside Boyega are Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, Texas Chainsaw 3D), newcomer Cailee Spaeny, Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island), Levi Meaden (TV’s The Killing), and Adria Arjona (The Belko Experiment, True Detective). Ron Perlman has long been rumoured to be appearing, but remains curiously unconfirmed.
Having directed episodes of TV series including Daredevil and Smallville, DeKnight makes his feature debut with the film, which sees del Toro returning as a producer. Also on producing duties are Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, as well as Boyega and Femi Oguns, who co-produce under their Upper Room Productions banner.
Universal will release Pacific Rim: Maelstrom on February 23rd, 2018.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)