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Star Wars' John Boyega ready to rumble in 'Pacific Rim 2'

The actor who plays Finn in the latest Star Wars film will have a lead role in a sequel about a dystopian future. Filming is expected to begin later this year.

Mark Mann

Fans of movie "Pacific Rim," rejoice! The on-again-off-again sequel is once again on track to be filmed, now with Star Wars' actor John Boyega in a lead role.

The news was first reported Monday by Deadline. Legendary Pictures later followed with a press release saying filming is expected to begin sometime during the last three months of the year.

"I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox," Guillermo Del Toro, who directed the first movie, said in an official statement. "The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. 'The World saving the world' was our goal and I couldn't think of a better man for the job."

The sequel will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight, and based on Del Toro's fantastical vision.

That original vision can be boiled down as rock'em sock'em robots save the Earth. Or, as described in Wikipedia:

"The 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 controlled by at least two pilots, whose minds are joined by a neural bridge."