A new generation rises in this first trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising

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Ten years after the first Kaiju War was brought to a definitive end, the world has become a very different place. Cities bear the scars of titanic battles, prime real estate is now found inland and a starving populace battered by the turmoil seeks to rebuild a life that it once knew. Which would be fine, if those damn Kaiju would stay home in their own dimension and leave us the hell alone.

That’s not happening in Pacific Rim Uprising. Fortunately, one thing hasn’t changed in the decade between films: Man’s unnatural propensity for waging war with monsters of its own. Here’s the first trailer that already has me emptying my clip in excitement:

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.

Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

Oh hell yes. If there was one aspect of Pacific Rim that did not disappoint, it was those glorious Jaeger vs Kaiju fights. Two hundred tons of awesome colliding with fleshy walking extinction events? More of that please.

Last Updated: October 6, 2017

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