After a lot of questions about what was happening with Pacific Rim 2, the latest news seems to suggest that the film is finally back on track!
When the first installment was released in 2013, The Geekiary was on hand to review it and name it a “B-Movie monster flick that brought its A-game” – and while I didn’t write that review, I do agree with it (as did a lot of other people). So it was surprising when Pacific Rim 2 hit so many walls during pre-production – including new writer *and* director announcements in May of this year.
Thankfully the [hopefully] upcoming film received a bit of a boost when John Boyega was announced as having signed on for the lead role in June. Unfortunately, even then there were still a lot of questions about when Pacific Rim 2 would be filming, let alone when it would be released.
But then director Steven DeKnight shared a picture from the first day of filming in Australia!
DeKnight also took some time to answer a few fan questions – yes, they will eventually be filming in China, and the movie isn’t just called Pacific Rim 2; instead, it’s called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. That’s a very Nordic term, so I for one am very interested to see where they’re going with this sequel. Could we be seeing monsters that are in a way Kaiju, but with a more Nordic twist? Because honestly that would be pretty cool, if you ask me.
Other actors who have recently been added to the cast include Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, Gran Torino), Cailee Spaeny, and Nick Tarabay (Longmire, Arrow). Let’s hope that they can join forces with John Boyega to stop any sort of apocalypse…robot or otherwise!
Pacific Rim 2 – excuse me, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom – is scheduled for a 2018 release. Are you excited for another entry in this franchise? Let us know in the comments!
Author: Tara Lynne
Tara Lynne is an author, fandom and geek culture expert, and public speaker. She founded Ice & Fire Con, the first ever Game of Thrones convention in the US, and now runs its parent company Saga Event Planning.
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