The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 sci-fi film "Pacific Rim" is now in production. Steven S. DeKnight is directing the second film, "Pacific Rim: Maelstrom," for a February 2018 release.

"Star Wars" actor John Boyega confirmed the title and the start date in a new Instagram post:

First day on Pacific Rim today. Here's to a great adventure ahead ✌????

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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:

Pac Rim prep at legacy effects! CREEPY! #lovethineself

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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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