John Wick Chapter 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Keanu Reeves shows off his John Wick: Chapter 2 weapon skills.
  • Tom Cruise teases an insane stunt for Mission: Impossible 6.
  • Pitch Perfect 3 brings back Anna Camp.
  • Paddington 2 recruits Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson into the cast.
  • John Boyega is set to begin filming Pacific Rim 2 soon.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda teases Mary Poppins Returns.
  • George Takei critiques the new Star Trek movies.
  • And more!

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Casts Levi Meaden As A New Cadet

Pacific Rim 2

Aftermath star Levi Meaden has joined the cast of Steven S. DeKnight’s Pacific Rim 2. He will star alongside John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian.

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Chinese Actress Jing Tian Joins ‘Pacific Rim 2’

Chinese actress Jing Tian

Legendary Pictures has announced that Chinese actress Jing Tian has joined the cast of the next installment in the Pacific Rim franchise. Tian has appeared in a bunch of Chinese films like Special ID, Police Story: Lockdown and Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn, and will soon appear in The Great Wall and Kong: Skull Island, both of which were also produced by Legendary. Hit the jump to learn more about the Jing Tian Pacific Rim 2 casting.
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Pacific Rim 2 Cailee Spaeny

Pacific Rim may be all about robots and monsters, but it still hangs on a human element. In Pacific Rim 2, our species will be represented by John BoyegaScott Eastwood, and now newcomer Cailee Spaeny, who’s just been cast as the female lead. Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil) is directing the sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 film.  Read More »


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Blair Witch Producer Talks Sequels

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The director of The Blair Witch Project praises Blair Witch.
  • John Boyega teases Pacific Rim 2.
  • Stephen Lang promises that the Avatar sequels are still coming.
  • Duncan Jones would still be down for a Warcraft 2.
  • Zombieland 2 is being written. Again.
  • Mary Poppins Returns star Emily Blunt has earned an important seal of approval.
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back reveals a new poster.
  • Michael Bay shows off a big stunt on Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • Super Troopers 2 will wrap filming in September.

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Pacific Rim 2 cast

UPDATE: Charlie Hunnam is not coming back for Pacific Rim 2. Over the weekend, he spoke to Yahoo Movies and said that he “was forced to exit the production at an early stage due to scheduling conflicts.” So his character Raleigh Becket will not be in the sequel, though Hunnam says he’s still excited to see what they do with the follow-up. Our original story follows.

For a short while, the possibility of a Pacific Rim 2 appeared doubtful. Universal scrapped the sequel’s original release date, but soon after that a new date was announced and it was announced that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost in Steven S. DeKnight‘s sequel. But what about the original cast? Will Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) return? What about everybody’s favorite black market Kaiju salesman, Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman)?

Producer Guillermo del Toro confirmed we’ll see a lot of the original film’s cast members come back. Below, learn more about the Pacific Rim 2 cast.

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Scott Eastwood

Now that it’s got a release date locked in, Pacific Rim 2 is recruiting some fresh blood to help John Boyega re-cancel the apocalypse. First up is Scott Eastwood, who’s reportedly circling sci-fi sequel. Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) is directing this time, replacing Guillermo del Toro who remains on board as a producer.  Read More »

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Set for 2018

Pacific Rim 2 release date

Mark your calendars: John Boyega will be re-cancelling the apocalypse in 2018. Universal Pictures and Legendary have just officially set a release date for Pacific Rim 2, which seemed like a pipe dream three years ago when the original Pacific Rim failed to make much of an impression at the box office. Fortunately, our fellow sci-fi fans across the Atlantic were more than happy to add to the worldwide gross, and now here we are.  Read More »

pacific rim 2 john boyega

Pacific Rim opened to mixed reviews and even more mixed box office back in 2013, barely scraping past $100 million at the domestic box office while finding far more success abroad. Those who love it really love it and those who hate it really hate it. I’m personally quite fond of the big, silly world director Guillermo del Toro crafted – even when the movie doesn’t quite work, this is a universe so full of concepts that deserve to be expanded upon and infinite possibilities for future stories. Even though del Toro is stepping away from the sequel and letting Steven S. DeKnight take the directorial reins, Pacific Rim 2 remains an intriguing prospect.

And it just got even more intriguing, because John Boyega has joined the cast as the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost. You know, the best character from the original film. The man with the instantly quotable speech about “canceling the apocalypse.”

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Pacific Rim 2 screenwriter

Now that Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight is on board to direct a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 gigantic monsters vs. huge mechs film Pacific Rim, Universal Pictures and Legendary have finally found a screenwriter to write it. Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been hired to pen Pacific Rim 2, which is currently going under the working title Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Learn more about the Pacific Rim 2 screenwriter after the jump.

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