NYCC: Breakdown of the ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Panel, John Boyega and Jaegers

     October 7, 2017

Dennis Tzeng and Perri Nemiroff are here to talk Universal and Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim Uprising panel from New York Comic Con. Dennis and Perri offer their thoughts on John Boyega and his place in the Pacific Rim franchise. They offer their opinions on the new character details, their thoughts on the trailer, the fan reaction to the trailer and the new designs for the Kaijus and Jaegers.

Steven S. DeKnight and stars Boyega, Scott EastwoodBurn Gorman, and Cailee Spaeny were in attendance on the Madison Square Garden stage to tease details about the sequel and reveal the first trailer. The follow-up stars Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and the story takes place 10 years after the events of Pacific Rim. The Jaeger program has now evolved and expanded into a massive global defense force after the Battle of the Breach, which comes in handy when the Kaiju threat returns.

DeKnight co-wrote the film with T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner), Emily Carmichael (Adventures of Ledo and Ix) & Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Guillermo del Toro remains onboard as a producer even though he departed the director’s chair during development.


Image via Legendary

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.

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