With filming scheduled to start next fall, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is teasing new story details for his highly-anticipated sequel Pacific Rim 2. The director has revealing just how long after the original Pacific Rim this sequel is set, and confirms that Charlie Day (Dr. Newton Geisler) and Burn Gorman (Gottlieb) will both reprise their roles.
When asked about the timeline of this sequel, Guillermo del Toro had this to say, revealing that it takes place a few years after the first movie, in a world now free from Kaiju monsters.
"It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after - what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump."
Charlie Day's Dr. Newton Geisler and Burn Gorman's Gottlieb were both mentioned by the director back in June, when he said that "characters I love will return," such as Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam), Mako (Rinko Kikuchi), Newt, Gottlieb and, "maybe even Hannibal Chau" (Ron Perlman). While he wouldn't address the other actors, the filmmaker revealed that Newt and Gottlieb will be main characters in the sequel, adding that there will be more sci-fi elements.
"It's quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really - I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him. You're gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you're gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It's gonna be quite a different adventure."
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