The first official trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 robot-fighting fest, is here and there is plenty action galore. The sequel goes heavy on the CGI and robots fight a new wave of monsters and destroys whole cities in the process. The trailer was unveiled at the New York Comic-Con on Friday and introduces the new star, John Boyega of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame. Boyega plays Jake, a former Jaeger pilot turned criminal who finds himself as part of the resistance fighting against the menacing Kaiju. And he just so happens to be the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost from the first film.
The robots include Gipsy Avenger which has a gravity sling that allows it to “reach out and grab buildings and cars [to throw at] at the kaiju.” There is the Bracer Phoenix, which is so powerful that it requires three pilots including one for its mammoth guns called vortex cannons. Then there is the swift and experimental Saber Athena that boasts plasma swords. The Titan Redeemer is ready to mow down all adversaries with it’s crushing “ball of death.” The Guardian Bravo features a “graphine arc whip.” Lastly, there is the Scrapper that has been “slapped together” from broken Jaegers.
The Pacific Rim sequel switches studios from Warner Bros. to Universal Pictures. Other changes are Steven DeKnight, creator of the Spartacus TV series, replaces Guillermo del Toro as the director and the film lost star Charlie Hunnam over “non-creative” decisions. The cast includes Scott Eastwood from The Fate of the Furious and Rinko Kikuchi, who’s reprising her role from the first movie.
DeKnight gave some insight into the upcoming film:
“It’s more compact, but it’s actually longer. It’s more compact in the storytelling—you have two hours instead of thirteen hours. But the actual process is that it takes about a year of work to make thirteen episodes of television and in this, it takes two or three years to make two hours of a movie. It’s bigger and smaller both at the same time.”
“It’s fun, it’s action, I think it’s everything you want Pacific Rim to be moving forward,” said producer and star Boyega. Pacific Rim Uprising jolts into theaters on March 23, 2018.