The road to production for “Pacific Rim: Uprising” was a long, rocky one full of fan hand-wringing as seemingly solid funding and casting speculation fell apart overnight, but the sequel to 2013’s kaiju spectacular is finally up and running, having started shooting back in November. Now, one of the film’s stars, Scott Eastwood, has posted an on-set picture to Instagram proving that the film is not just a collective fever dream of its long-suffering fan base.
While the picture doesn’t reveal any juicy details about the plot of the movie, the dog tags and white undershirt do hint at Eastwood’s overall role as a member of the monster-besieged military. Eastwood, who previously starred in “Suicide Squad” and just wrapped up production on “Fast & Furious 8,” will star in the anticipated sequel alongside “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leading man John Boyega.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” is the sequel to “Pacific Rim,” a passion project from director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro began writing a script for the sequel as early as 2014 with “X-Men” movie co-writer Zak Penn. Del Toro was originally slated to direct the movie, but the project was delayed by Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures’ financing and distribution partner, until Del Toro announced in 2016, via Twitter, that "Daredevil" showrunner Steve S. DeKnight would be taking over directorial duties. Announcements about Boyega and Eastwood’s casting surfaced shortly after.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” is a production of Legendary Pictures that is directed by Steve S. DeKnight and stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian. The monster action movie debuts in theaters February 23, 2018.