John Boyega, lead actor in ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’, says he told Legendary Pictures executives that he would not star in the film unless he produced it.


‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ is a 2018 American science fiction film directed by Steven S. DeKnight.

The ‘Detroit’ star plays the role of Jake Pentecost in the action movie and his company, Upper Room Entertainment, produced it.

Boyega, who is in Nigerian to promote the film and his future projects, recently revealed how he got the role in ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’.


“One day I traveled to LA to have a general meeting with everybody in Hollywood because I wanted to make something big,” the Nigerian-born British actor said.

“And I met with Mary Parent, the CEO [sic] of Legendary Pictures and she asked me about the first Pacific Rim and I said ‘yeah I loved the first Pacific Rim’ and she goes, ‘well we want to do a second and do you think you could star in it?’

The 26-year-old who is very vocal about his Nigerian heritage said: “I had to dig deep into the Yoruba in me and I said I won’t star unless I produce.”


“She said cool let’s see your vision for it, let’s see where your mind it at.

“I wanted to collaborate with the writers to bring something new to the franchise.

“To make it funny, to make it engaging and lively and fast. I didn’t want it to be too slow. So by the time you know it the films over. So we had the same vision and Upper Room, this is our official first released project.”

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ is currently showing in cinemas across Nigeria.


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