Pacific Rim: Uprising pushed John Boyega's action-movie chops to the limit: Watch a new featurette

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Dec 4, 2017, 3:24 PM EST

A new featurette on Pacific Rim: Uprising has arrived from Tokyo Comic Con and it packs a ton of new stuff we didn't see at NYCC. For one thing, there's a slew of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from the production. For another, there's a bunch of clips that weren't included with the first trailer.

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Daredevil), the movie takes place 10 years after the events of the first Pacific Rim. While both deal with giant robots (Jaegers) facing off against even bigger monsters (kaiju), the featurette shows just how massive the sequel will be. More robots, more monsters, and more canceling of the apocalypse. 

"I loved the first Pacific Rim and that classic tale of robots and monsters, and that holds weight and that holds power," says star John Boyega in the clip. "Everybody has felt that feeling when those monsters go through a city. It creates an instant excitement." Boyega, who adds that this film involved the most action he's ever done on a movie set, plays Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who sacrificed himself for the good of mankind in the original movie. 

As for DeKnight, he infused his childhood love of kaiju and mecha movies and TV shows like Godzilla, Ultraman, and The Space Giants (Ambassador Magma in Japan) into his directing. "I just ate it up," he says. And since those properties were either hand-drawn or involved a man in a rubber suit, DeKnight was thrilled to give the classic monster movie a modern update, adding, "With the technology we have, we have the chance to make it that much more spectacular." 

The unique fight sequences also made for a memorable shoot. Scott Eastwood, who stars alongside Boyega, says they were "different than in any other movie I've ever done. You're plugged in and you're along for the ride." He's likely referring to the large hydraulic sets meant to simulate the inside of a fighting robot. To make it look like the actors were taking damage from a thousand-foot monster, they have to be thrown around a little. 

Check out the featurette below:

Can Uprising top the rock em'-sock em' fun of Guillermo del Toro's first movie? We'll find out on March 23, 2018.