Hunnam, Kikuchi Not Back For “Pacific Rim 2”

Appearing at Comic Con to promote Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur” movie, actor Charlie Hunnam confirmed he will not be returning to the role of Raleigh Beckett in the upcoming “Pacific Rim” sequel.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Hunnam confirmed that an early draft featured him heavily, but with the shooting scheduling he wasn’t able to fit it in and so he’ll be unavailable. He did say: “I’m very excited about it. I’m glad they’re making it.”

Rinko Kikuchi is also reportedly out and won’t return. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actor John Boyega has already been announced as the male lead in the film, the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost.

It’s presently unknown if any other actors from the first film like Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman and Burn Gorman will be back for this second round of kaijus vs. jaegers. Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who helmed the first film and is only producing the second, suggests to the outlet: “a lot of the cast from the first movie is coming back.”

DeKnight will direct from a script by Derek Connolly (“Jurassic World”). Filming begins year’s end ahead of a February 23rd 2018 release.