Guillermo del Toro has dropped some hints on the highly anticipated Pacific Rim 2; which has been in and out of development hell over the last couple of years.

One is that many of the original cast will be making their return with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) joining the cast for the sequel.

That and the next movie will be part of an expanded universe; with the sequel and animated series to be intertwined to an extent.

If and when the animated series happens, we are mixing them. In fact the sequel takes some ideas that we created for the animated series originally. I think we need to let the live-action lead. When we went with Steven we showed him everything we were developing and he said, ‘I like this from this universe, I like this from this element, I want to bring them into the movie.’ It’s easy to expand cause you have not only the Jaeger-human universe and the Kaiju-alien universe, but (also) the fact that you are now able to play in a very history-filled universe. We started the war with the Kaiju, we won the war with the Kaiju and now it’s a postwar of those two universes.

Pacific Rim 2 will hit cinemas 23 February 2018. Hopefully we hear more on the cast soon!