New ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Trailer Offers Up Monster-Smashing Goodness

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An action-packed new trailer has arrived for Pacific Rim Uprising, the upcoming sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi adventure.

John Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, who gave his life fighting the Kaiju in the first film. He’s left his training behind and become caught up in the criminal world, but he’s pushed to get back in the game when a new threat rises. Cue giant robots vs giant monsters in CG-fueled destruction.

The sequel certainly appears to be upping the large-scale mayhem, which could provide a fun, popcorn-munching time at the movies. Then again, Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has proven that big FX and crazy action can be dull if it isn’t handled correctly. Fingers crossed.

Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is at the helm this time around, working from a script he penned with Kira Snyder (The 100, The Handmaid’s Tale), T.S. Nowlin (Maze Runner trilogy) and Emily Carmichael.

Pacific Rim Uprising, also starring Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Cailee Spaeny, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day, arrives in Aussie cinemas March 22 and hits the U.S. March 23.

Official synopsis for Pacific Rim Uprising:

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

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