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John Boyega joins Pacific Rim: Maelstrom in a lead role. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack The Block actor will play Stacker Pentecost’s son in the science fiction sequel.

Boyega’s casting as Pentecost’s son raises questions as to whether Idris Elba will return as the character’s father and what their relationship will be like if he does. It is definitely likely that Legendary Pictures will at least want as high profile an actor as Elba to complement Boyega’s already-impressive star power, although we will have to wait and see if he ends up joining the Star Wars actor on Maelstrom:

The project will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.

“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Mary Parent, Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production.

“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The ‘Pacific Rim’ universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job,” stated del Toro.

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