Hot on the heels of the news that Pacific Rim 2 had been given anofficial release date, Deadline is now reporting that Legendary Pictures is hoping to snag rising star Scott Eastwood for a major role in the sequel. Based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham, Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to roll camera later this year with former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight at the helm, and it sounds like Eastwood may be in line to headline the project alongside the previously announced John Boyega.
The son of legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood is quickly becoming a sought-after commodity in Hollywood, recently being tapped to join the ranks of the Fast and Furious franchise and appearing in next month’s Suicide Squad as a mystery character that has been rumored to be Deathstroke, Nightwing, Nemesis and a number of other DC personalities. He’ll also be seen in Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic Snowden, and Ben Affleck’s Prohibition-era drama Live By Night, slated for a January release.
Eastwood has plenty of credits to his name, including a few smaller parts in films directed by his father, but a starring role in a franchise like Pacific Rim could be just the thing to elevate him to the next level. And if the deal comes together, he’ll find himself in good company with Boyega, who will no doubt find himself on the radar of moviegoers everywhere after his performance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Details about the character Eastwood may be portraying are unknown at this time, but it seems likely that he could find himself teaming up with Boyega to pilot one of the massive Jaegers. We should have more information once Eastwood has officially signed, and as we get a little bit closer to the start of production.
Pacific Rim 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on February 23, 2018.
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