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Pacific Rim: Maelstrom began shooting earlier this month, but the cast has only grown larger since cameras started to roll. Nick Tarabay joined the cast just a few days ago and now Chinese actor and martial artist Zhang Jin has been added to the international ensemble.

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starts Shooting, New Title Revealed

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim‘s middling box office performance meant a sequel was never a sure thing, and for months things went back and forth. First it had a release date, and then it didn’t. Guillermo del Toro dropped out as director, but stayed on as producer and hired Daredevil‘s Steven S. DeKnight to helm. As of this year the project was officially back on, and now production is underway in Australia.

When Pacific Rim 2 charges in to re-cancel the apocalypse, though, it’ll be doing it under a slightly different title. Star John Boyega has shared the new official name of the movie. If you’ve been following this project for a while now, here’s a hint: you’re probably not going to be terribly surprised.  Read More »

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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 »

Modern Movie VHS Covers

Even though VHS tapes have long been dead, there are plenty of people who miss the unique cover art that used to come with them. There was something special about the VHS covers that we would see lined up on the shelves of our local video stores, and it’s just not the same with all the glossy, Photoshopped covers we see on most Blu-ray and DVD releases today.

Thankfully, another artist named Steelberg has decided to make even more modern VHS covers for movies released in the past couple years, and they’ll make you wish you could stumble upon these movies, take them home, forget to rewind them and pay a late fee. After the jump, you’ll find modern movie VHS covers for Stranger Things, Ready Player One, Creed, It Follows, The Final Girls, Pacific Rim and more. Read More »

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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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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Pacific Rim Anime

After facing some uncertainty over the past eight months, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have Pacific Rim 2 making some progress towards becoming a reality with Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight stepping up as director instead of Guillermo del Toro. That gives fans something to look forward to, but we’re not going to get too excited until the sequel is actually in front of cameras.

In the meantime, one fan has decided to help hold us over with an opening credits sequence for a Pacific Rim anime. Sadly, it’s not a real Pacific Rim anime series that we’ll get to watch, but it does make me think that we need one immediately. Read More »

Pacific Rim 2 director

The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.

Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.

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Even though hope for Pacific Rim 2 was thought to be lost, back in January we learned that the film isn’t exactly dead yet, and Guillermo del Toro may still yet get around to the next phase of the fight between humanity and the massive inter-dimensional monsters known as kaiju. And while waiting for the sequel, one fan decided to spend his time building a Jaeger of his own, in LEGO form. No, it’s not big enough to take down any kaiju, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

Check out the Pacific Rim LEGO creation after the jump. Read More »