Universal Pictures and Legendary have released a new poster for Pacific Rim Uprising, ahead of a new trailer debut tomorrow. Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight takes over as director after Guillermo del Toro departed the sequel to make The Shape of Water, and the story finds John Boyega playing Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Pacific Rim hero Stacker Pentecost. Jake follows in his father’s footsteps to become a star Jaegar pilot when the Kaiju once again threaten the world with an impending apocalypse.
From the very first trailer it’s been clear that Pacific Rim Uprising is a different film than its predecessor, and that’s certainly true in this poster. Pacific Rim was colorful, but this sequel amps up the popping colors to 11 with a diverse array of Jaegars ready to do battle. Little of Del Toro’s original plans for Uprising remain, as Legendary looks to potentially move the Pacific Rim franchise towards a crossover movie with its Godzilla and King Kong franchise.
For now, audiences are no doubt curious to see how DeKnight makes this epic his own, and we’ll definitely get a better idea in tomorrow’s new trailer. Check out the new Pacific Rim Uprising poster below, which boasts a Hamilton-esque tagline. The movie also stars Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Tian Jing, Charlie Day, Adria Arjona, and Burn Gorman. Pacific Rim Uprising arrives in theaters on March 23rd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Pacific Rim Uprising:
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.