While John Boyega made a name for himself starring in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the British actor became a genre legend for his portrayal of Moses in Attack the Block.
His sci-fi journey continues as he’s trading his X-wing license to take control of a massive Jaeger in Pacific Rim 2, says Deadline.
Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed original film.
Steven S. DeKnight is directing the film, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.
Said del Toro: “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.”
In the 2013 film, as a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.