As if the Pacific Rim Uprising trailers we’ve been gifted so far weren’t enough to get you excited, Universal Pictures has announced stars John Boyega (The Force Awakens), Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) and legendary director Steven S. DeKnight will touchdown in Australia later this month for an exclusive fan event – and Supanova is giving fans the opportunity to get amongst the action.
The trio’s trip Down Under will include a live Q&A in Sydney on February 28, hosted by Supanova’s own Quinny and Bec, and will be live streamed to cinemas in Brisbane and Melbourne alongside an exclusive sneak peek at some footage from the film.
The blockbuster was partly filmed in Australia, and given the two information-packed trailers to date, there’ll be no shortage of talking points when they touch down.
So, what can be expected from Pacific Rim Uprising?
Written by Vanessa Agius
What is currently known about the sequel is that it will take place 10 years after the battle of the first film and is led by a star-studded cast. Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kikuchi will be returning as Dr. Newton Geiszler, Dr. Herman Gottlieb and Mako Mori respectively. This new cast is led by Boyega and Eastwood, as well as newcomer Cailee Spaeny playing cadet in the Pan Pacific Defense Force, Amara Naman.
After the story that unfolded in the initial release, fans may be wondering how this sequel will be different to its predecessor and what can be expected for the action-packed universe. Producer and director of the first film Guillermo del Toro has hinted that the sequel, although still keeping to the mythology that had already been developed, will function as a standalone film, stressing that the two stories are very different from each other.
In regards to a narrative, it is known that Boyega’s character, Jake Pentecost, son of General Pentecost, is now leading a rebellion against a newly evolved race of Kaiju as well as a rogue Jaeger pilot. Deviating from his father’s path, Boyega’s character is introduced as a rebel whose survival relies on the thriving criminal underbelly of Jaegar part trading. Fans can expect to see great tension between Pentecost and Mori by the nature of their estranged sibling relationship, insinuating what will be a major obstacle for Boyega’s character to overcome.
It is assured that the action-centric battle scenes expected to come will surprise audiences as they will showcase a different style of monster against machine fighting. Producer Cale Boyter stated that characters, particularly the Jaeger pilots, will be using their surroundings to generate action sequences, providing a wealth of surprise action shots and outdoing battle scenes from the first film. What audiences can take from this plot outline is that the story will more than likely steer toward a strategic and manipulative battle plan in order to execute some intense combat.
From artwork that had been released early last year and what was revealed in the recent trailer, it is evident to see that Jaegers definitely have some impressive upgrades both internally and externally. Creators have established a fighting machine that is more in tune with its pilots and its immediate external atmosphere with the addition of holographic battle projection. How these upgrades will hold up against the evolved Kaiju race is yet to be seen but it is certain that their design and weaponry improvement shows cause for some spectacular explosions and collisions.
The highly anticipated follow-up to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 masterpiece will hit cinemas March 22.