I’ve needed good news recently, I’m sure most of us have.  Well, a small ray of sunshine broke through the clouds in the form of an official Pacific Rim 2 title and confirmation it has finally started production.

John Boyega took to Instagram to give us the below picture.  In it we see the bound copy of the script with the title clearly printed on the cover, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.  The fun part, that is the exact title that’s been circulating for months but, with no official confirmation, it was considered a working title and not the final title.  We now know this is the title for the sequel.  Unless they pull a bait and switch but, really, what’s the point?

In addition to that glorious news, the caption reads “First day on Pacific Rim today.  Here’s to a great adventure ahead.”  Now, here’s the thing, he didn’t say filming, so this could be a table read, or first talent meetings, or a host of other pre-filming proceedings.  Either way, it’s still fantastic news.

John Boyega leads the cast, portraying the son of Stacker Pentecost.  He is joined by Scott Eastwood, Thomas Tull, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Adria Arjona, Karan Brar, Mary Parent, John Jashni, Mackenyu, Ivanna Sahkno, and Levi Meaden.  Still no word yet regarding returning actors and actresses such as Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Burn GormanCharlie Day, or Ron Perlman.

I still hold out hope for Pacific Rim actors to make it to the sequel.  I maintain that just because Charlie Hunnam is not reprising his role as Raleigh Beckett that does not mean all the other cast can’t come back.  Right now Max Martini and Ron Perlman are both listed on the movie’s IMDB page, but IMDB isn’t as accurate as people want it to be.

Shortly after the release of Pacific Rim, when first talks of a sequel were making the rounds, the entire surviving cast was slated to reprise their roles.  Unfortunately, Maelstom hit a few snags.  The movie was first getting a sequel and animation, then it was delayed, then cancelled, then resurrected with the help of Boyega himself.  So much time passed that scheduling conflicts arose, Hunnam pulled out, the script was overhauled, and now we are where we are, with no confirmation on returning cast.

Furthermore, we have no idea who the new actors will play, other than Boyega, or what the plot is. But I hazard to guess we will have giant robots fighting giant monsters and, really, not sure we need to know much more than that.

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is cancelling the apocalypse (again) on February 23, 2018.

First day on Pacific Rim today. Here’s to a great adventure ahead ✌🏿

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