The Pacific Rim (2013) sequel is finally making it's way into pre-production with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakend) and Scott Eastwood (Fury) both aboard. Now news arrives via Variety that Cailee Spaeny (Counting To 1000) will join them as the movie's female lead.
Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) is directing this one, stepping in for Guillermo del Toro, who will produce so he can concentrate on other projects. The film, often known as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is still largely wrapped in secrecy, though you can expect more of the giant robots versus Kaiju action we all enjoyed last time around. We don't yet know who either Eastwood or Spaeny will be playing in the movie, though Boyega (who is also a producer on the film) is the son of the late Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba).
It remains to be seen whether this second trip to the Rim can improve on the original's faltering US box office, which was boosted by solid returns in China and went on to gross more than $410 million worldwide. The cameras will be rolling in Australia and China this November and it will be out in the US and here on 23February 2018.
Spaeny, who is also a singer, has a couple of small indie movies on her CV so far, including Counting To 1000 and The Shoes.