Following the worldwide blockbuster success of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens after its release in late 2015, actor John Boyega has been enjoying a career awakening over the past 13 months. Last year, he filmed his second turn as Finn for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and he also landed a starring role opposite Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the sci-fi drama The Circle, which is due in theaters next month.
And as if those two projects weren’t enough, Boyega also enlisted in the fight against the monstrous sea creatures, the kaiju, in the long-awaited sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 action/adventure film Pacific Rim with Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Boyega is still at work on Pacific Rim: Uprising, and the production devised a surprise entrance on set for the actor on Friday to celebrate of his 25th birthday. A video posted by Boyega on his Twitter account captured the marking of his quarter-century milestone as it unfolded. Take a look:
Pleasant surprise !Turning 25 on set with the Pacific Rim family is an absolute joy ! Thank you all for the surprise ❤️❤️#pacificrimuprising pic.twitter.com/sDT7zqiY8k— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 17, 2017
The British actor, whose breakthrough role came in the 2011 sci-fi action comedy Attack the Block, has a lot to look forward to before his 26th birthday. Of course, all eyes will be on him in The Last Jedi in once it takes theaters by storm this December. Boyega even promised Star Wars: Episode VIII will be “a different take, darker, bigger,” than other entries in Lucasfilm’s franchise. However, perhaps his biggest career moment will come next February when Pacific Rim: Uprising (formerly titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom) arrives in theaters, since it’s the first Hollywood tentpole film that undisputedly stars Boyega in the lead.
Boyega’s stepping into some big shoes for Pacific Rim: Uprising, where he will play Jake Pentecost, the son of Pacific Rim hero Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who perished in the first film. Boyega honored the legacy of the character in a classy Instagram post in October, promising he’ll do right by Stacker. The post served as a reassurance to fans of the first film that he doesn’t take what he does lightly, both as an actor and in character, and that humility is clearly part of the reason he became so revered for playing Finn in The Force Awakens. It’s that sort of attitude that contributes to longevity in Hollywood, and fans may certainly be excited by what Boyega will bring to the big screen in his next 25 years.