Production on sequel film begins in November in Australia


The entertainment industry magazine Variety reported on Wednesday that actress Jing Tian (The Great Wall, Police Story: Lockdown, Kong: Skull Island) has joined the cast of Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham’s 2013 science-fiction robot film.

The film will debut in theaters on February 23, 2018. Production begins in November in Australia, and the staff will shoot a portion of the film in China.

Steven S. DeKnight, showrunner and director on Netflix‘s Daredevil series, will direct the film. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, and del Toro are credited as producers, and Jillian Share is credited as executive producer for the film. Jon Spaihts wrote the current script attached to the film, and Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly is also on the production team for the film. Universal Pictures will release the film in 3D worldwide.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Finn) will play the lead role in the film as the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost character from the first film. Variety had reported last week that actress and singer Cailee Spaeny (Counting to 1,000) will play the lead female role in the film.Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood is also cast in the film.

Image via Jian Ting’s official Instagram account

Sources: Variety (Justin Kroll) via The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog

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