Four years ago, mankind canceled the apocalypse in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Next year, the apocalypse strikes back in the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising. The follow-up actually takes place 10 years after the plot of the original, as the Jaeger program continues to employ giant manned robots in the protection of Earth from large monsters called kaiju. But as we see in the first trailer down below, the kaiju are even bigger now, towering over the good guys.
All they can do is “fire everything [they’ve] got.” Star Wars actor John Boyega leads the battle, playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the 2013 original. He’s joined by fellow newcomers Scott Eastwood, Emerald City‘s Adria Arjona, Cailee Spaeny and Tian Jing, while returning players include Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. Not only is Elba gone (his character died in the first one), original lead Charlie Hunnam wasn’t able to return for the action. Also, del Toro is just a producer this time around.
The sequel promises some amazing rock-em-sock-em action, and not only will Pacific Rim fans be hyped for what’s next, but lovers of Transformers and Power Rangers should be pleased with the similar yet superior spectacle. Plus, Boyega’s return in Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December is sure to make him into an even bigger star, delivering another horde of fans when Pacific Rim: Uprising arrives in theaters a few months later.
Watch the first trailer below.
Steven S. DeKnight, a writer and director of Marvel’s Daredevil series making his feature debut.
DeKnight, plus T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner trilogy), Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she just won an Emmy) and Emily Carmichael (The Adventures of Ledo and Ix).
John Boyega, Charlie Day, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Cailee Spaeny.
“John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous ‘Kaiju.’ Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious‘ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, Starz’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.” (via Universal Pictures)
March 23, 2018.