Pacific Rim: Maelstrom Casts Female Lead Opposite Boyega

A little known actress and pop singer is heading for some very big things in "Pacific Rim: Maelstrom."

Cailee Spaeny has nabbed the lead role opposite John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Attack the Block") and Scott Eastwood ("Suicide Squad") in the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 hit sci-fi actioner, according to Variety. Details on the film are unsurprisingly being kept under a tight lid, including exactly who Spaeny will play, although we do know that Boyega will be playing the son of the amazingly named Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba's character from the first entry in the series. The original blockbuster saw humanity literally fighting for its survival by waging war in giant robotic suits against massive interdimensional monsters, and also starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. The film did decently stateside, but was a huge hit overseas, going on to gross $410 million worldwide.

This will be by far the biggest project so far for Spaeny, whose only previous acting credit is in the indie film "Counting to 1,000." Del Toro is stepping back from the director's chair to produce "Pacific Rim: Maelstrom," which will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight ("Daredevil"), making his feature film directing debut. The sequel is set to burst into theaters on February 23, 2018.

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