The 2013 action hit Pacific Rim, which was directed and co-wrote by Guillermo del Toro, turned out be quite the success. So naturally, all the success meant that a sequel was definitely in the forecast.
The sequel, which is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is generating a lot of excitement and anticipation now that production is soon to begin. Not much about the production of the sequel is known at this point, but what is currently known is that actor John Boyega will be the leading role in the film and that it is slated for an early 2018 release. Another bit of recently learned news is that now Nick Tarabay has been cast into the film with an unknown role at this point.
Tarabay has starred most famously as the character of Ashur in Spartacus but has had roles in other mediums such as in Star Trek: Into Darkness and as a villain during season 3 of Arrow. Tarabay is now joining alongside other already cast roles including Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian, while rounding out an already diverse cast as it is. Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the director, and has worked alongside Tarabay on Spartacus from 2010-2013.
Del Toro is going to be returning for the sequel but will serve as a producer. The roles for these actors are still not clear but the recent news is still a good development during production.