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John Boyega to Star As Idris Elba’s Son in 'Pacific Rim' Sequel

John Boyega will star in the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi monster flick Pacific Rim.

John Boyega is set to star in the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi monster flick Pacific Rim, Deadline reports. What’s more? He’ll play the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first installment.


The Legendary Pictures film will begin production in the fourth quarter of 2016, with a theatrical release slated for April 7, 2017. It’s being directed by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham.

Del Toro, who directed the original Pacific Rim, is excited as we are about Boyega’s involvement. “I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox” said del Toro. “The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”

Boyega is equally enthused. "I'll be taking on the Pacific Rim franchise! I'm excited to be working with Legendary pictures and Steven McKnight" the Star Wars actor wrote on Instagram. "My company UpperRoom Productions founded by myself & @MrFemiOguns, will co-produce #PacificRim2 alongside @Legendary For me, this collaboration couldn't be a better way to get UpperRoom started. It brings an invigorating feeling to know that I get to participate in the telling of a remarkable story from more than one angle."

No further plot details have been revealed for the sequel.

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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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