For some time now, we’ve known that we’ll be seeing plenty of new faces entering the world of kaiju and jaegers in ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising‘. Not only will Steven S. DeKnight replace Guillermo Del Toro as the director of the follow-up to the fan favorite robots vs. monsters film from 2013, but stars like Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and John Boyega are preparing to be drift-compatible as well. However, it seems that a number of cast members from the first movie will be returning. And as if that wasn’t enough, a star known for his work in other landmark sci-fi franchises could be joining the fun too.
With production getting under way recently, all hands are on deck for the highly anticipated sequel, including cinematographer Dan Mindel. To mark the occasion, Mindel shared a picture on his Instagram from the set. Though the picture has since been deleted, /Film tells us that the shot showed a piece of paper taped to Mindel’s camera featuring a list of characters and their corresponding cast members. Aside from Eastwood, Spaeny, and Boyega, it also listed Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Rinko Kikuchi as Newt Geiszler, Hermann Gottlieb, and Mako Mori respectively. This is very happy news for ‘Pacific Rim’ fans who are looking to revisit some of their favorites from that universe.
Unfortunately, Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket is someone that won’t be back for another round. Although, the film may find some extra star power in the form of ‘Dredd’ and ‘Star Trek’ star Karl Urban. The site also reports that a name on the list was slightly blurred, but looked very much like Urban’s name. The actor responded to the story with this tweet:
Hey Peter ,
No , I’m not part of this project ,
Look forward to seeing it though.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) January 9, 2017
Despite the denial now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Urban isn’t involved in ‘Uprising’. For all we know, the studio just isn’t ready to announce the casting yet. After all, the picture was taken down shortly after word got out about it. But with the production currently ongoing, I’m sure that we’ll be getting some official word on who is and isn’t in the cast very soon.
What do you think about the rumored additions to the cast of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’? Is your favorite character from the first film making a come back? And do you think that Karl Urban would be an interesting addition to the franchise? Sound off in the comments.