Actor John Boyega has confirmed that the title of the upcoming sequel to the 2013 action-fantasy “Pacific Rim” is “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom”. The 24-year-old star shared a photo of his personalised script on Instagram, featuring the words “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom”, which had long been rumoured to be the title of the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s directorial.
“First day on Pacific Rim today. Here’s to a great adventure ahead,” Boyega wrote. The actor is playing the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character played by actor Idris Elba in the first film.
Steven S DeKnight is directing “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom”, which also stars Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian. DeKnight also took to Twitter to share that the film has gone on the floors. “Day 1 of shooting. The adventure begins… #PacificRim2.” It is set to hit US theatres on February 23, 2018.
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) November 9, 2016
The first film is set in the future, when Earth is at war with the Kaiju, colossal monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers, gigantic humanoid mechas each controlled by at least two pilots, whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war’s later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori as part of a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaiju.