The first trailer for Steven S DeKnight’s Pacific Rim Uprising is finally here, so we can start making semi-educated guesses about how it will Stack(er Pentecost) up against Guillermo del Toro’s giddily wonderful first film.
It’s great to see that a lot has been carried over. For starters, a good number of the cast are back, including Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, Charlie Day as Newt Geiszler and Burn Gorman as Gottlieb. They’ve also made sure that John Boyega’s Jake Pentecost has inherited his old man’s love of inspiration save-the-world-speeches, and there’s clearly going to be a lot of giant mechas fighting giant kaiju.
We still have our concerns about whether or not anyone can bring this world to live as vividly and with much heart and glee as del Toro, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Pacific Rim Uprising also stars Scott Eastwood, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona, Cailee Spaeny, Levi Meaden, Jin Zhang and Lily Ji.
“The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. 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 released on 23 March 2018 in the US and 18 May 2018 in the UK. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.