"Star Wars" actor John Boyega confirmed the title and the start date in a new Instagram post:
Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba's "Pacific Rim" character Stacker Pentecost, who -- spoiler alert! -- died in the first movie.
Here are more Instagram updates from the young Pentecost:
"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!" -Stacker Pentecost My dad said it right the first time but I'll take it from here. #Iamapentecost #pacificrim2
Del Toro, who is producing the follow-up, said a lot of the original cast would be returning. Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian have also been announced for the sequel.
In 2014, Del Toro told Collider the plan for "Pacific Rim 2":
"It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump."
"Pacific Rim: Maelstrom" is currently scheduled for release February 23rd, 2018.
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