I’m in tears, this makes me so happy. Guillermo del Toro is a world renowned producer and director and he recognized Lazer Team for the amazing things Rooster Teeth can do. This movie wasn’t made to please any snobby film critic (looking at you, Roger Ebert; no one asked for your ½ star review), but an entire community of fans who loved what it turned out to be. This kind of recognition is so important because sometimes, we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously and enjoy a fun movie for what it is.

“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today’s generation of young leading men,” said Mary Parent, Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production.

“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The ‘Pacific Rim’ universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job,” stated del Toro.

—  Guillermo del Toro & Legendary’s Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production, Mary Parent, about John Boyega (x)

John Boyega Takes Lead In ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel

“Legendary Pictures has set Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega for the lead role for the second installment of its Pacific Rim franchise. Steven S. DeKnight is directing the film, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. 

Boyega will play the son of the character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed original film. Universal will release the film worldwide, everywhere but China. The 2013 original grossed $411 million.

Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle …”

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