Scott Eastwood also toplines with Steven S. DeKnight is directing.
Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro will produce the action-adventure along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter will serve as the film’s executive producer.
The first “Pacific Rim,” directed by del Toro, also starred Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Robert Kazinsky.
“Pacific Rim” was set in the near future with Earth at war with the Kaiju, monsters that emerged from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The movie went on to gross more than $411 million at the worldwide box office.
Boyega will play the son of Elba’s character, who sacrificed his life in the original film. It’s still unclear who Tian will play.
The film begins production this November in Australia and will also film a portion in China. It will be released by Universal Pictures on Feb. 23, 2018, worldwide, with the exception of China.
Tian can be seen next in Legendary’s “The Great Wall” as well as in “Kong: Skull Island.”