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PACIFIC RIM: MALELSTROM (2018): Scott Eastwood Eyed For Pivotal Role

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Legendary Pictures seeks Scott Eastwood for key role in Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. The Suicide Squad and Fast 8 actor is in early talks with the studio to play a small but important role in the film.

Eastwood’s potential involvement comes on the news that the Pacific Rim sequel is being eyed for release on February 23rd, 2018, about five years after the original film hit theaters. It was originally intended for franchise creator Guillermo Del Toro to reprise his role as director for Maelstrom, but the Crimson Peak director was forced to step down in February due to other commitments:

“Pacific Rim 2” is produced by Legendary Pictures, and Universal will distribute the movie in all foreign territories except China.

Travis Beacham, who created the world of kaiju monsters and giant robots with del Toro, contributed to the sequel’s story. Del Toro wrote the script of “Pacific Rim 2” along with Derek Connolly, Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts.

The 2013 original wasn’t a huge success, grossing $411 million worldwide against a $190 million production budget, which doesn’t include the presumed millions spent on marketing. But its $309 million foreign take made it a strong contender for a return installment.

The sequel represents DeKnight’s feature directorial debut.

He has plenty of experience catering to genre fans in TV, however. He created “Spartacus” for Starz and worked on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Dollhouse” and the aforementioned “Smallville.”

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