It was 2013 when Guillermo Del Toro, a legendary horror/fantasy director, introduced the world to ‘Pacific Rim’. The film starred Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba as two of the leading men in a war against giant monsters dead set on destroying the world. Honing in on shades of ‘Godzilla’ while clutching tightly to its anime inspiration, ‘Pacific Rim’ would take over the box office and make mech fans of millions around the world. Now, nearly four years later, fans are gearing up for the sequel — ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’.
Fans who have waited on pins and needles for ‘Uprising’ news should feel comfortable with the hands that are currently holding the project. ‘Star Wars’ star John Boyega was brought in to continue the story, replacing Charlie Hunnam in the leading role. Boyega will be playing Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost. The film will also feature a few returning characters from the first film — Burn Gorman and Charlie Day as the eccentric Dr. Gottlieb and Dr. Geiszler. While details have been mum regarding the actual story inside of the film, fans should be excited with the news coming from lead star John Boyega.
In between takes, John Boyega has been hard at work touting the upcoming ‘Uprising’ film. Boyega has taken to social media in order to share shots of his character as well as behind the scenes set details. Boyega calls the film ‘Larger than life’ and warns audience members to keep their popcorn full and warm. Boyega has also made sure to go out of his way to assuage viewers at home that are concerned about the lack of involvement from Guillermo Del Toro. Boyega has assured fans that Del Toro’s influence “is still there”, doubling down on the fact that this is a spectacle film in line with the first offering.
Taking over the lead directorial role will be Steven S. DeKnight. His name may sound vaguely familiar and that is because he was the showrunner behind the massively successful first season of ‘Daredevil’. Without DeKnight’s hard work on ‘Daredevil’ we might not have the small screen Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, even though he is unproven it is still nice to see someone like DeKnight in a leadership position on a project that seems to be inspired by so much of the comic book world. The film will take place a decade after the original and is set to release in March of 2018.