Kaijus and jaegers will battle it out again in Legendary's Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the follow-up to 2013's underwhelming Pacific Rim, and now the production has found its female lead, joining Scott Eastwood and John Boyega in the upcoming sci-fi spectacle.
According to Variety, online pop singer and actress Cailee Spaeny, last seen in the indie features Counting to 1000 and The Shoes, will star opposite The Force Awakens' Boyega, who plays the headstrong son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost character from the first movie. Eastwood's exact role has not been revealed yet, and neither have the precise plot and character descriptions for Maelstrom. None of the original cast is drifting back for this mega sequel, which starts filming this November in Australia and China. Even director Guillermo del Toro is sitting this dance out, replaced instead by Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. Del Toro will still serve as an advisor and co-producer with Boyega's Upper Room Productions.
Sorry for being a bit down on Pacific Rim, but I was shown the Travis Beacham sceenplay over a year before it was released and was so excited to see it eventually manifested on screen. The final cut was a convoluted monster-vs.-robot mess with underdeveloped characters, dimly lit fight scenes and inexplicable changes of scale for the neuro-net-piloted jaegers during the dropzone scenes in the harbor. I'm hoping the sequel will remedy many of the issues seen in the original, but this strange Spaeny casting news has me profoundly worried!
Legendary's Pacific Rim: Maelstrom stomps into theaters on Feb. 23, 2018.