The sequel to Pacific Rim might be on hold for the moment, but if (or more optimistically, when) it starts moving forward, Guillermo del Toro knows at least one actor he’d like to add to the cast.
Del Toro apparently had a meeting with Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams over the weekend, and he was clearly impressed with the young British thespian — so much so that he wants to give her a giant robot of her own.
The Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak director posted an update on Twitter about his meeting with Williams, calling the 18-year-old actress “remarkable.”
Had lunch with Maisie Williams yesterday. Remarkable. Dammit- if PR2 happens, that girl is getting a Jaeger.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) October 3, 2015
Williams, who plays Arya Stark on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, is seemingly everywhere one looks in the geek-friendly movie and television worlds lately. Along with HBO’s award-winning fantasy series, she’s scheduled to appear on the long-running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, and is the likely candidate to star in a big-screen adaptation of the wildly popular video game The Last of Us. The sixth season of Game of Thrones is being filmed now, and is expected to premiere next year.
As for Pacific Rim, Del Toro’s epic giant-robots-versus-monsters movie was originally scheduled to get a sequel in 2017, but the project was recently removed from the release calendar by the studio. Last week, Universal Pictures issued a statement indicating that a sequel to the film is indeed still in the works, but is being held back in order to further develop the “interactive” elements of the franchise. Still, the studio asserted that it is “committed” to developing the Pacific Rim sequel, according to the statement.
Pacific Rim premiered in 2013 and while its domestic box-office earnings were relatively underwhelming (just $101 million), the film went on to earn more than $400 million worldwide. Co-written and directed by Del Toro, the film starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman.