Charlie Hunnam will not be returning to Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom

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At this past weekend’s Comic-Con, Charlie Hunnam confirmed rumors in an interview with Yahoo! that he will sadly not be reprising his role as jaeger pilot Raleigh Beckett in the Pacific Rim sequel.

“There was one incarnation of this sequel that involved me heavily, but, um, I was unavailable.” Charlie, no! Among the other problems and delays with Pacific Rim 2, we were hoping to at least get the same cast that brought the magnificent original to life.

Charlie then goes on to cite scheduling conflicts where it sounds like the studio set their schedule without checking his availability. He honestly sounds really bummed about it. “They have a very definite schedule that they have to film. Because of the, you know, politics and business surrounding filmmaking, sometimes non-creative decisions will dictate how something unfolds, which seems ass backwards in (the) fact that we’re making art. Or at least aspiring to make art.”

“It just, it ended up being unfortunately like something that they couldn’t remedy, because by the time they got their schedule and fully realized that I wasn’t available.”

Announced in February, 2016, Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Starz’s Spartacus, Daredevil). Fans were upset that Guillermo del Toro would not be returning to direct but were still relieved that he will have a role as Producer on the sequel. Fans were psyched last month to learn that the first confirmed cast member to Pacific Rim 2 will be John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block.

Charlie shared some insight into the direction and story of Pacific Rim 2. “It really feels like they are aspiring to push this thing forward and do something original with the sequel.” Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom is expected to hit theaters on February 23, 2018, and released by Legendary Pictures.

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