Los Angeles: Actor John Boyega is set to star in the second instalment of Legendary Pictures' "Pacific Rim" franchise. Steven S. DeKnight is directing the film, which will begin production in the fourth quarter of this year, based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. Boyega will play the son of a character played by Idris Elba in the del Toro-directed original film, reports deadline.com. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro will produce the action adventure film along with Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter is executive producer on the project.