Skip to main content

First photos from 'Pacific Rim: Maelstrom' set feature Star Wars actor

pacific rim maelstrom photos john boyega movie review 9
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Cameras are rolling on Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the sequel to 2013’s giant monsters vs. robots spectacle, and the first photos from the Australia set of the film have now found their way online.

Featured front and center in many of the photos is Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega, who joined the cast of the sequel as a member of the next generation of robot pilots tasked with protecting humanity from monstrous invaders.

The photos aren’t official, studio-sanctioned shots of the film, and were posted to Twitter by French fan news feed John Boyega France. They feature Boyega looking relatively disheveled as he navigates a ramshackle tent village with a strange device in his hand.

#PHOTOS #NEWS : Premières images de John Boyega dans Pacific Rim 2 : Mealstrom !!!! pic.twitter.com/krJVWiSUWE

— John Boyega France (@JohnBoyegaFR) November 21, 2016

In Maelstrom, Boyega plays the son of Stacker Pentecost, the leader of the force fighting giant robots, who was played by Idris Elba (Luther) in the first film. Boyega is joined in the cast by Scott Eastwood (Gran Torino), Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian (Special ID), and Levi Meaden (Aftermath). Ron Perlman is rumored to be reprising his role as black market kaiju organ dealer Hannibal Chau.

Wesley Wong (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Zhang Jin (The GrandmasterIp Man 3) were also added to the cast recently.

Peut-on prendre une petite minute admirer John sur ces nouvelles images #bts de Pacific Rim 2 x) pic.twitter.com/QM3mbyOhdF

— John Boyega France (@JohnBoyegaFR) November 21, 2016

More photos from the set of the film can be seen at the website for The Telegraph.

Directed by Daredevil and Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is based on a script by Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly.

The original Pacific Rim, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro, chronicled humanity’s battle against monstrous creatures — called kaiju — that emerged from mysterious, interdimensional portals in the ocean. In order to fight the monsters, humans create gigantic robots called Jaeger that can be maneuvered by a pair of mentally linked pilots.

Pacific Rim earned just $101 million domestically, but $411 million worldwide.

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters February 23, 2018.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
Euro 2024 Netherlands vs France live stream: Can you watch for free?
A soccer field.

The top of Group D at Euro 2024 is on the line today at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig when powerhouses France and Netherlands meet for a huge showdown. Both among the top favorites entering the tournament, they each won their opener but in unconvincing fashion. Netherlands fell behind early against Poland before rallying to a 2-1 victory. France's powerful attack couldn't solve Austria, but they were able to squeeze out a 1-0 win thanks to an own goal.

Netherlands vs France is just about to start, at 3:00 p.m. ET, and if you live in the United States it will be televised on Fox. But if you're looking for some ways to stream Euro 2024 online, we've found all the best options for watching a free live stream of Netherlands vs France today.
Is there a free Netherlands vs France live stream?

Read more
Best new movies coming to theaters in 2024
Tom Hardy and Austin Butler in The Bikeriders.

It seems that Hollywood was too quick to crown Bad Boys: Ride or Die as the savior of the summer box office. Because Pixar's Inside Out 2 blew away all box office projections with a $154 million opening last weekend. That's not too far behind Barbie's $162 million opening from last year. Inside Out 2 probably won't have the legs that Barbie did at the box office, but it's well on its way to being one of the biggest hits of the year. A $500 million domestic finish for Inside Out 2 is not an unreasonable estimate when the film finally leaves theaters.

In the short run, this week's new addition, The Bikeriders, has no shot at overtaking Inside Out 2. None. This battle was over before the first motorcycle started. Unfortunately for The Bikeriders, it's unlikely to take No. 2 either, since Bad Boys: Ride or Die proved to be good counterprograming for Inside Out 2 last weekend. That's likely going to mean a third place finish for The Bikeriders at best.

Read more