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Pacific Rim Uprising's First Trailer Unleashes a New Breed of Kaiju

By Blair Marnell

Pacific Rim Uprising's First Trailer Unleashes a New Breed of Kaiju

The first Pacific Rim introduced fans to a world where humanity’s fate depended upon the outcome of battles between giant robots (Jaegers) and giant monsters (Kaiju). But by the end of the movie, the war was over. They canceled the apocalypse, but now the apocalypse is coming back to cancel them.

Legendary just dropped the first trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, which has John Boyega in one of his first major sci-fi roles post-The Force Awakens. Charlie Hunnam is sitting out the sequel, so this is Boyega’s movie from the start. He’ll be playing Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost. Stacker died in the final battle against the Kaiju, and Jake hasn’t exactly been able to live up to his father’s legend. Boyega’s voiceover sets the stage for the new era, and we may even get a glimpse of the years that passed between the first movie and the sequel. This film takes place a decade after the original, and Jake is deep in the criminal underworld when the Kaiju return. However, Jake is also an ex-Jaeger pilot, and he will be called upon to step up alongside a new generation of pilots to defend humanity from its greatest enemies. 

Some of the new pilots include Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and Amara Namani (Cailee Spaeny), and it appears that we’re going to see more Jaeger team-ups this time. That gave the trailer a very superhero vibe as five Jaegers stood united against the biggest Kaiju that anyone has ever seen. We’re guessing that shot is from pretty late in the film, because it’s going to be really hard to top that moment! There’s also a sense of Lovecraftian horror as the Kaiju emerge from beneath the sea. That alternate world/dimension doesn’t appear to be willing to let up despite getting nuked in the first movie. Why, it’s almost as if the monsters are holding a grudge.

Remember Dr. Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) from the original film? They’re back as well, and perhaps they will be able to shed some light on the powers behind the Kaiju. These escalating attacks were never random, as it’s clear that there is an intelligence guiding the monsters. They probably want our world, and there’s not much that can stop them. 

One of the other welcome returns is Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, the heroine of the first movie. This time, Mako is taking over the role previously held by her foster father, Stacker Pentecost, and she’ll be butting heads with her adoptive brother, Jake. But if history is any indication, Mako will also play a major role in the film’s climatic battle. This movie looks ridiculously fun, and we can’t wait to see where director Steven S. DeKnight takes us. Guillermo del Toro may not have been able to direct the sequel, but his influence is still felt throughout the trailer. 

Pacific Rim Uprising will launch for battle on March 23, 2018.

Images: Legendary Pictures