Find out why Charlie Hunnam will not be in Pacific Rim 2…
What makes things worse is that we don’t yet know which actors will return to the Shatterdome. We do know that the first film’s protagonist, Charlie Hunnam’s (Raleigh Beckett), won’t be involved. Rejoice or mourn accordingly, nerds.
Originally, Raleigh was definitely part of the sequel’s early incarnation, and no conspiracy or sudden change in vision forced him out. Per Hunnam himself, it was merely a matter of scheduling. That doesn’t bode well for the studio’s desire to hit a release date versus its dedication to the actual story.
Charlie Day and Burn Gorman’s Newt & Gottlieb were to be the new leads at one point, but we’ve heard nothing since then, and directorial duties have fallen to Daredevil’s Steve DeKnight. Meanwhile the script was placed in the care of Penny Arcade’s Emily Charmichael and The 100’s Kira Snyder. Between them and John Boyega, who’ll play the son of Stacker Pentecost, there’s little doubting the immensity of the talent involved, though I can’t help but wonder what resemblance the film bear to its predecessor, if any beyond a cellular one. That’s neither a good or bad thing. It simply is.
What does Hunnam’s absence mean for Mako?
Rinko Kikuchi’s character was the heart & soul of Pacific Rim, along with Elba’s Pentecost, who can’t really be much more than a flashback?
Having heard nothing about her involvement, and knowing that the schedule won’t bend even for the main character, the cynic in me would doubt our chances of seeing Mako again. That’s pure conjecture, and it certainly doesn’t lessen my excitement for a legacy-sequel where Moses from Attack The Block pilots a goddamn Jager. It will be barely be five years out from the first film when Part 2 arrives.
The film is still nineteen months away, so hopefully it doesn’t suck when it hits the big screen.
What do you think about Charlie Hunnam not returning to Pacific Rim 2?