Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is scheduled to begin shooting at Sydney’s Fox Studios in mid November, with some further filming to take place in Queensland.
The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 hit about human-powered mech-robots fighting gigantic monsters (Kaiju) will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight, who comes from a limited background in directing for television.
It seems like a bit of a strange choice in director considering the lack of experience, but a film like this can seemingly direct itself, as anyone that’s seen del Toro’s first film knows it’s mostly a surface-heavy film, and we enjoy it for its blockbuster action and visual effects – everything else plays second fiddle.
The film will star John Boyega, who broke out in 2015 by playing one of the leads in the hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Joining him will be Scott Eastwood and Pacific Rim stalwart Ron Perlman, who had a scene-stealing performance in the first film.
The Australian shoot is set to bring in more than $54 million into the NSW economy and employ around 400 local crew members.
Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is due for release on 23 February 2018.
Check out a short clip featuring Ron Perlman and Charlie Day from the first film below.
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