Ever since “Pacific Rim” debuted in 2013, Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures have been trying and trying to get a sequel made. There have been a lot of obstacles. Now, Charlie Hunnam, one of the lead actors in the original film, has confirmed that he won’t be appearing in “Pacific Rim 2.”

Hunnam had this to say about not appearing in the film:

There was definitely an incarnation of this sequel that involved me, but there was a changing of ownership, of the studio itself, Legendary, and I think that because they partnered up with a Chinese company — and the film was so successful there — there was a real agenda to get that film into production as soon as possible. And I was already booked up for a significant period of the time they were going to need.”

What’s most unfortunate, however, is that director Guillermo del Toro won’t be back for the sequel, either. Scheduling conflicts and other production issues seem to largely have been an issue for both director and actor.

The sequel, titled “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom,” will now be directed by Steven S. DeKnight and will star John Boyega, who will play the son of Idris Elba’s deceased character from the original, and Scott Eastwood. There has been no confirmation on whether or not Rinko Kikuchi will reprise her role as Mako Mori or even if Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler will be back.

“Pacific Rim: Maelstrom” is set for a February 23, 2018 release.


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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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