Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost is gone, but in the sequel to the 2013 surprise hit sci-fi-monster flick Pacific Rim, titled Pacific Rim: Uprising, the latest Star Wars trilogy star John Boyega takes on the role of his son. Boyega teams up and reunites with Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) from the original film and is joined by The Great Wall star Tian Jing, leading a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old hacker Amara (Cailee Spaeny), against a new Kaiju threat.
In what looks like it could also be a sequel to Boyega’s Attack the Block, Boyega faces off against monsters again, just bigger ones, and he keeps his British accent. And Tian Jing faces monsters again, too–she was the general that bested the ancient monsters at the great Wall of China earlier this year in The Great Wall. Torchwood star and fan favorite Burn Gorman (Forever, Crimson Peak, The Dark Knight Rises) is back again as Dr. Herman Gottlieb along with Charlie Day (The LEGO Movie, Monsters University) as Dr. Newton Geiszler.
Starship Troopers meets The Transformers and Godzilla yet again in a second giant-scale Rock ’em Sock ‘Em Robots for the next generation.
Here’s the first full trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising:
Pacific Rim: Uprising is directed by television director and writer/producer Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Daredevil, Dollhouse, Smallville). Defenders and Daredevil composer John Paesano provides the musical score and Dan Mindel (Star Wars: he Force Awakens, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek (2009)) is cinematographer. Guillermo del Toro, director on the original, is producer on the sequel.
Look for it in theaters March 23, 2018.