Pacific Rim 2 is now shaping up as Charlie Hunnam confirms his reappearance in this sequel as Raliegh! Guillermo del Toro, the director, even gave a glimpse of this character as he shared:
“We are taking the characters into a completely different journey this time because Raleigh (played by Hunnam) for me solved his problem the minute he was able to go full circle and save Mako by sacrificing himself, which is what he couldn’t do with his brother. He’s not on that journey anymore, he’s on a new journey,” (via IB Times).
The hype lives on as del Toro also revealed his favorite character in the film, Mako Morin played by Rinko Kikuchi:
“To me, my favorite character in many ways is Mako Mori in “Pacific Rim,”
“I just love it. It’s an experience that you can’t get any other way.”
The next Pacific Rim will allegedly have a different feel this time. According to the director Guillermo Del Toro, they are currently formulating ideas that are not the usual route. The film will allegedly highlight different parts of the world to give it a different feel! He even told The Wall Street Journal:
“All of this happens prior to the first movie, and it gives you a little more depth into the background of certain characters that will appear in the second movie. So by the time the second movie comes out, you will have probably one year of the animation airing, and you will have three years of the comic book series ongoing.”
“The series tackles the stories that happened to pilots working in the Shatterdome, but also cadets learning how to become pilots,” he shared.
“It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example, ‘the Drift,’ which was an interesting concept,” director Guillermo Del Toro told The Wall Street Journal.
Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull said earlier this year that he considers Pacific Rim a financial success, especially considering the fact that it was an original IP. There were further good signs this summer when del Toro revealed that he was working with Zak Penn on writing a sequel, and now Universal has officially announced that Pacific Rim 2 will arrive in 3D and IMAX theaters on April 7th, 2017.
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”
The co-writer and director didn’t give away any further details about the plot of Pacific Rim 2 in his video announcement but he did sound very pleased by the deal, saying, “We’re all very happy to be bringing you more Kaijus and more Jaegers kicking each other’s butt.”