Before the first trailer expected tomorrow at NYCC, new images and plot details for Pacific Rim: Uprising’ have dropped. The hype is real as first look at the film is already looking pretty damn awesome.
The sequel to the 2013’s ‘Pacific Rim‘ will boast a new cast with The Last Jedi‘s John Boyega as the lead. He’ll be playing Jake, the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba’s character from the first film. As EW desribes, “Jake has come home to take up the old man’s cause – kicking monster ass with giant robots.”
Boyega talked to EW and he seems pretty enthusiastic about his character as he sheds light about what his motivations are.
- “Jake is the prodigal son. He is a young guy who was on the cusp of greatness in his early days when he was training to be a Jaeger pilot, but he always had a troubled relationship with Stacker. I’m the son he didn’t really talk about in the first film … the product of Stacker’s first love.” He and his father have a fall out “because of Stacker’s attention and hope and faith in Mako rather than him.”
Mako is the Jaeger meister who costarred alongside Charlie Hunnam, but Hunnam won’t be returning. His character seems pretty interesting, hopefully it’ll successfully ground the film and make it a bit more engaging.
- “When we meet him, he is living in an abandoned mansion in Santa Monica, which is half a mansion anyway because there’s a big Kaiju claw-swipe that has crushed part of it,” Boyega says. “He sells and buys stolen goods, and some of that includes Jaeger parts.”
The monsters of the film will be changed since the last one, as Boyega describes.
“The Kaiju have found a new way, they are way more intelligent than we thought they were. The monsters you saw in the first movie were the test run, to see how the planet would hold up. The breach we thought was closed is not their only way into our world. Their plans are more specific. Jake leads the team in trying to build up a new defense against that.”
Speaking of the team, take a look at the new group of Jaegers below.
Check out the descriptions for the new Jaegers below;
Gipsy Avenger (center, foreground): “She’s an upgrade model form Gipsy Danger in the first movie,” Boyega says.
“She is still a two-man Jaeger and has new weapons and technology. The new Gipsy has LCD screens and holographic imagery of what is going outside. Her gravity sling has improved,” he adds. “Pilots are no longer locked into robot by feet. It has a scanning system that makes the drift easier to handle. Gipsy Avenger is strongest and hardest to operate.”
Saber Athena (far left, in orange): “She’s the fastest Jaeger, and she is agile and assigned two skillful pilots who know how to do martial arts,” Boyega says. “She has two swords she can join together to slice stuff down. She’s flexible and very fast.”
Guardian Bravo (far right) in red: “She has big electric whips, but is very stocky and strong,” Boyega says.
Titan Redeemer* (above): “She is a mystery rogue Jaeger, but is really strong and advanced,” Boyega says. “She has guns on the chest. That Jaeger is, in fact, a three-man rig — one is in the cockpit shooting missiles and bullets from the chest.”
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Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters March 23, 2018.