Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim earned approximately $102 million domestic on a $190 million production budget. Normally this kind of performance would keep a studio from ever considering a sequel. However, the film earned another $309 million in the international box office, making it a major worldwide moneymaker.
After a couple of years of uncertainty, Legendary Pictures committed to a sequel. Steven DeKnight has taken over directing duties from del Toro, despite having previously directed just a few television episodes. The movie will introduce new characters in addition to some of the favorites who survived the events of the last film. One of those new characters will be played by John Boyega, of Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens fame. In Uprising, Boyega will play Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the first film. Although the movie wont hit theaters for another year, Boyega recently took to Twitter to share a quick glimpse at his character with his fans: