Deadline reports that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has been cast in the lead role for the upcoming sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim.
The sequel will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil, Smallville) and will begin production later this year. DeKnight takes over the director’s chair from Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro will serve as an executive producer on the film.
Boyega, who rose to world wide fame from his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will play the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost. Boyega confirmed the casting on Instagram.