Are you ready to cancel the apocalypse...again? The epic battle between giant robots and massive monsters conitnues with Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 love letter to the kaiju and mecha genres created in Japan. Featuring a new cast of heroes (along with some returning faces), Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight, takes place 10 years after the first movie and focuses on Stacker Pentecost's (Idris Elba) son, Jake (John Boyega).
Today, Boyega (coming off the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi) shared some new images (below) from the film, which are featured in the latest issue of Total Film. In one of the photos, Jake stands with Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny), a computer expert and fellow Jaeger pilot who mans the robot named Scrapper, no small feat as two or more people are usually needed to control one via the process of drifting. According to the Pacific Rim Wiki, Namani will end up being the co-poliot of Bracer Phoenix. The second image shows Jake crawling through what must be the inside of a jaeger since he's surrounded by wires.
Since humanity basically nuked the aliens creating the kaiju at the end of the last movie, it will be interesting to see how such a threat would be able to re-emerge and launch a renwed assault on earth. The official studio synopsis is as follows:
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.
Pacific Rim: Uprising opens in theaters March 23.