Charlie Hunnam’s busy schedule has prevented him from participating in the highly anticipated Pacific Rim 2. While doing press rounds for his new movie The Lost City of Z, the actor explained why he did not appear in the follow-up to the 2013 sci-fi hit.
Becoming One of the Most Sought-After Leads in Hollywood
Since starring in Sons of Anarchy, Hunnam has become one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. His IMDB page boasts movie roles in major motion pictures. The success of Pacific Rim at the global box office is proof that he can carry a movie franchise and, therefore, made filmmakers want him even more.
This is the reason why he cannot be in the anticipated sequel. According to the 37-year-old, filming his next movie forced him to opt out from Pacific Rim 2.
“There was a huge scheduling conflict,” Hunnam told Den of Geek. “I was already really, really invested in doing Papillion.”
He explained that after Legendary Pictures was sold to the Chinese company called Wanda, Pacific Rim 2 became the studio’s priority. To recall, while the movie did not do well at the domestic box office, it grossed over $300 million in the global market. It was especially a huge hit in China where it cashed over $114 million.
So, while the sequel was being written, the studio wanted to lock in which actors will return. “[A]t that time, they were writing the script and they needed to know, was I in or was I out,” the actor recalled.
Hunnam’s contract with Legendary includes showing up in the sequel, but the actor explained that Thomas Tull, Legendary’s chairman, let him out to allow him to make a movie that he is very passionate about. But if production of the sequel was delayed, he said he would probably be able to do both Papillon and Pacific Rim 2. That means, if a third installment ever gets made, Hunnam will probably be willing to reprise his role as long as his schedule permits him.
Papillon is a remake of the 1973 prison drama of the same title. The movie will follow French convict Henri Charriere (“Papillon”) is his escape from the brutal penal colony on French Guiana. It will also star Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek as Louis Dega, another prisoner who became a companion to Charriere. Michael Socha along with Nikola Kent will also make an appearance.
Meanwhile, Hunnam starred as Raleigh Becket, a former pilot called back out of retirement to serve the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, an organization created to eliminate the Kaiju. The movie also starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman.
Pacific Rim 2 Movie Details
But even without Hunnam, his absence will not be missed as much because the sequel boasts a star-studded cast. John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has signed up to play the role of Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (Elba). Like his father, Jake is a jaeger pilot. Here is a first look at the new character below.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 7, 2017
Scott Eastwood also joined as Nate Lambert, another jaeger pilot. He will be a lead co-star. Prior to joining Pacific Rim, Eastwood starred in Suicide Squad and this month’s Fate of the Furious.
Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, Adria Arjona, Rahart Adams, Karan Brar, Nick E. Tarabay, Ivanna Sakhno, Zang Jin, Mackenyu, Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, Lan Yingying, Qian Yongchen, Chen Zitong and Shyrley Rodriguez also star.
Officially titled Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel was directed by Netflix’s Daredevil showrunner Stevem S. DeKnight. It is set to be released on Feb. 23, 2018. Meanwhile, The Lost City of Z is now showing in cinemas in the U.S.
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