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Published On: Thu, Jan 12th, 2017

‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ casting additions: Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to return, Karl Urban rumored as well

A Pacific Rim sequel is finally moving forward with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega slated to be the star. With Guillermo del Toro moving to just a producer role, del Toro promised “a lot” of familiar faces would return for Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Pacific Rim: Uprising casting updates come via this set photo shared by cinematographer Dan Mindel via Instagram (hat tip to /Film reader Edwin H.): It looks like Rinko Kikuchi will be back as Mako Mori, along with Charlie Day and Burn Gorman as previously rumored.

Some images have been confirmed to reveal character names and their actors: Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny.

Star Trek Beyond star Karl Urban is now rumored to be part of the cast as well. When approached, Urban has completely denied being a part.

Jian Ting, Adria Arjona and Levi Meaden were part of earlier casting reports which announced Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno and Japanese star Mackenyu onboard.

“It’s presumed that Sakhno and/or Mackenyu will be behind the controls of a Kaiju,” that report stated.

Back on October taking to Instagram, Boyega uploaded a video of himself at Legacy Effects. The footage focuses on the actor as he holds up a large mold of his head and shoulders. “It’s my twin,” he jokes before placing a soft kiss on the mold’s temple. He then says he’s “so cute” before pointing out the piece’s accuracy down to its bottom lip.

“Today. Today… At the edge of our hope, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!” Boyega shared. He then wrote, “My dad said it right the first time but I’ll take it from here.”

Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil) is directing Pacific Rim: Uprising, taking over for del Toro who helmed the first one.

Pacific Rim: Uprising will be in theaters February 23, 2018.

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