While many know and fondly remember John Boyega as Moses in Attack the Block, he really became part of the pop culture conversation when he took on the role of Finn in the massive blockbuster sequel Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Now, he takes on yet another epic sci-fi franchise with Pacific Rim: Uprising, coming to theaters in 2018. It is a direct follow-up to Guillermo Del Toro’s original 2013 adventure which pitted giant monsters and robots in a fight to the death.
Today, we have a photo from the set of Pacific Rim 2, which shows John Boyega in costume, confirming his role as a Jaegar Pilot. The Instagram user who posted this photo wasn’t sure if she was actually looking at Boyega or his stunt double, but it has since been confirmed that this is indeed Finn in the flesh.
Boyega was earlier confirmed to be playing son to Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, who’s heroic acts saved the day in that first outing. The younger Pentecost will now have to carry on the heavy burden of his deceased dad’s legacy.
At the time of John Boyega’s casting, it wasn’t mentioned whether or not he’d be climbing into a Jaeger himself. But this photo clearly gives us that answer. This set photo is interesting in that it also gives us our first look at the redesigned and updated Jaeger armor that will be worn in the movie.