With Star Wars hero John Boyega now aboard to star, Universal Pictures has roped off a release date for Pacific Rim 2. Legendary’s action sequel from director Steven S. DeKnight will engage audiences and kaijus on February 23, 2018. The film has that post-Presidents Day frame to itself for the time being; it’s nestled between the openings of two Marvel movies: Black Panther on February 16 and an untitled Fox/Marvel pic on March 2.

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Production begins in the fourth quarter on the film based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. The 2013 original starring Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam shot up $411M worldwide, with its overseas take more than tripling domestic. Del Toro directed it based on a script he penned with Beacham. The sequel has Boyega playing the son of Elba’s character.

The sequel originally was set for April 7, 2017, then moved to August 4, 2017. It will be released in 3D and Imax. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and del Toro will produce Pacific Rim 2 along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer.