Actor John Boyega has been spotted in Sydney, Australia in costume for the filming of Pacific Rim: Uprising (formerly Pacific Rim: Maelstrom). The movie has been filming in Sydney since November.
In addition, cinematographer Dan Mindel posted a picture on Instagram (now deleted) that indicated that Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day will reprise their roles as Mako and Newt in the sequel. The picture also showed that Karl Urban had joined the cast. Urban has since denied joining the project.
Pacific Rim: Uprising will debut in theaters on February 23, 2018.
The staff crew will also shoot a short portion of the film in China. Dr. Jack Gao, an executive at Beijing Wanda Cultural Industry Group, which owns Legendary Entertainment, stated that the sequel’s story “has a strong connection to China.”
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Finn) is playing the lead role in the film as the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost character from the first film. Actress and singer Cailee Spaeny (Counting to 1,000) is playing the lead female role in the film. Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood, The Great Wall actress Jing Tian, The Belko Experiment’s Adria Arjona, and Japanese actor Mackenyuarealsocastin the film. Shyrley Rodriguez (The Get Down) and Chinese actors Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster), Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, Chen Zitong, Lan Yingying, and Qian Yongchen have also joined the cast. The film will also feature cameos by Xiao Yang and Korean actor Kim Jeong-Hoon.