We've had precious few details about Guillermo del Toro's kaiju-versus-robot-laden follow-up to "Pacific Rim" – until today. The director recently revealed two recurring roles in "Pacific Rim 2," along with key plot details.
"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 [Gorman] and Charlie [Day]," del Toro told Collider. "...They are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau [Ron Perlman] so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn."
So it looks like the quirky comedic relief of the science-minded Geiszler-Gottlieb duo will be in full effect for the sequel – great news, though we would've loved confirmation that Perlman's hilarious Hannibal Chau will return (or, at the very least, that he finds his shoe). No word yet on whether or not Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi are back on board, but the interview did include some interesting timeline information.
“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," del Toro explained. "...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.”
Too bad we still have forever to wait for the film's April 7, 2017 release.