Universal has released the first trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, with a script by Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and Steven S. DeKnight and T.S. Nowlin, the sequel stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Scott Eastman in new roles. The film also sees the return of Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day, who reprise their respective roles.
Check out the full trailer here below.
The trailer makes some great use of Tupac and Vince Staples, setting the tone for this action-filled sci-fi flick. While 2013’s Pacific Rim was a nice homage to the classic kaiju films, it was seriously difficult to see much of anything, which obviously took away from enjoying the mechs vs. giant monsters scenes. If anything, the sequel looks like it solved the lighting issues that was such a problem in the first movie. Now we have a film that has actual daylight, plus the Jagers all have distinguishing characteristics – aside from their weaponry, although now it also looks very much like a Transformers movie.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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 directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.
The film also stars Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, and Adria Arjona.
Pacific Rim: Uprising opens in theaters on March 23, 2018.