Other than the casting of John Boyega, official news on who will appear in Pacific Rim 2 has been slim. Of particular interest has been whether or not the cast members from the first film will reprise their roles in the sequel, and while at Comic-Con to promote his new film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he will not return to play Raleigh Becket.

Hunnam talked with Yahoo! at Comic-Con about Pacific Rim 2 and expressed his excitement for the film while also discussing why he couldn't be a part of it:

"I read an early draft of what they're doing. There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but I was unavailable. They have a very definite schedule that they have to film because of the politics and business surrounding filmmaking."

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) signed on to the sequel to play the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. In addition to playing the lead role, Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions will co-produce the sequel with Legendary. Additionally, it's been reported that Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) is in "early talks" to join the film, but no official announcement has been made.

Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil) will helm the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film. Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) was recently brought on to work on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2, with an earlier draft written by Jon Spaihts (The Mummy, Doctor Strange, Prometheus).

A Legendary Pictures film, Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled for a February 23rd, 2018 release from Universal. Other than Hunnam, it's not yet known whether or not surviving characters from the first film will appear in the sequel, but Guillermo del Toro recently teased to THR that most of the original cast is expected to return. We'll have to wait and see if that's the case, and we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on future news surrounding Pacific Rim 2.

Source: Yahoo!
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