Ahead of the Friday debut of the teaser trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, Legendary Pictures has released new images from featuring John Boyega's Jake Pentecost and his fellow Jaegar pilots.
Set a decade after the events of 2013's Pacific Rim, the film finds introduces Boyega as the rebellious son of the late Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who abandoned his training and became swept up in the criminal underworld. Now, however, he's given a second chance by his estranged adoptive sister Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) to redeem himself and help save humanity from extinction in a rekindled war against the Kaiju.
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“He is a young guy who was on the cusp of greatness in his early days when he was training to be a Jaeger pilot, but he always had a troubled relationship with Stacker," Boyega explained to Entertainment Weekly, which debuted the photos. "I’m the son he didn’t really talk about in the first film … the product of Stacker’s first love.”
As a result, Jake gave up on the Jaegar program and took to stealing for a living, which has given him something of an empire. Because he sells anything, including Jaegar parts, it puts him in the path of amateur Jaegar pilot Amara (Cailee Spaeny). Unfortunately, Jake and Amara get in a little too much trouble, much to the chagrin of Mako, who's been covering for Jake for years. To pay for their crimes, Jake has to teach the new Jaegar pilots everything that he knows, putting him back up with his old buddy Lambert (Scott Eastwood). Together, they will pilot the new Gipsy Jaegar, Gipsy Avenger. And, you know, save the world from monsters. Again.
Opening March 23, 2018, director Steven S. DeKnight's Pacific Rim Uprising also stars Burn Gorman, Adria Ardona, Jing Tian and Charlie Day.