Those eagerly anticipating the sequel to Legendary Pictures’ 2013 giant-monster film Pacific Rim will have to wait just a little longer to confront the kaiju threat. The release of Pacific Rim Uprising has been pushed from Feb. 23, 2018, to March 23, 2018.
Had Uprising stuck with its original release date, it would have faced no major competition in its debut. However, the film would’ve stumbled into Marvel’s Black Panther just one week later. Now, not only will it have to fend off Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, it also faces a significant second-weekend dropoff due to competition from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Set years after the event of the first film, Pacific Rim: Uprising follows Jake Pentecost (Boyega), the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost, who witnessed his father’s demise at the end of the original.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight from a script written by Guillermo del Toro, Zak Penn, Jon Spaihts, Derek Connolly, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin. Opening March 23, 2018, the film stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman.
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