Star Wars’ John Boyega will cancel the apocalypse in Pacific Rim 2

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 13:18 IST
John Boyega plays Finn in the Star Wars sequels.

Star Wars actor John Boyega has landed the lead role in the forthcoming sequel to action blockbuster Pacific Rim.

The 24 year old London-born actor will be playing the son of Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba in the 2013 original, reported Deadline.

Featuring human-piloted giant robots battling with trans-dimensional alien monsters, Pacific Rim ranked as one of the bigger budgets in recent times.

Director Guillermo Del Toro is set to take a back seat to become executive producer, with Daredevil director and screenwriter Steven S DeKnight set to make his movie directorial debut with Pacific Rim 2.

Read: Steven S DeKnight to direct Pacific Rim 2

The sequel currently has a tentative release date of August 4, 2017. It will begin shooting at the end of this year, as soon as Boyega has finished filming the eighth instalment of Star Wars.

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