2013’s Pacific Rim introduced us to the world of “kaiju,” large monstrous beasts from another world, and “jaegers,” the giant robots we built to combat them. The movie ended with a seeming victory and the breach that allowed the kaiju into our world, closed. However, all isn’t as it seems.
The kaiju are back in the sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, which takes place ten years after the original. Both the kaiju and jaegers have evolved in the time since the last sighting. The first trailer for Uprising originally debuted at New York Comic-Con, but Tokyo Comic-Con dropped a brand new reel over the weekend.
This reel is less of a trailer and more of a behind-the-scenes look at the movie. It begins with a voice-over by John Boyega who stars as Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba in the original film. Director Steven S. DeKnight gives us insight into the film’s plot and his love of monster movies. Rinko Kikuchi, who returns as Mako, talks about how honored she feels to be playing this character again. We also see more of the jaegers and their pilots in action, as well as the new fierce kaiju. We even learn that Amara, the young precocious engineer played by Cailee Spaeny, built her own jaeger.
“Pacific Rim Uprising gives an answer back to the monsters we’ve grown up watching,” John Boyega says in the trailer. “If they were to attack us, what would we have? We have the jaegers.”
We interviewed John Boyega at New York Comic-Con about the movie. Check it out here.
Also, don’t forget that the Pacific Rim Uprising contest, where you might have the chance to feature in the final film itself, is active for two more days until December 6th! Find out more details in our previous coverage here.
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