After a series of false starts, Pacific Rim: Uprising is finally on its way to becoming a reality. The sequel to director Guillermo del Toro's 2013 action-adventure film in which a group of highly trained soldiers do battle with enormous Kaiju by piloting equally large robots called Jaegers was like many del Toro projects: prone to getting off the ground through fits and starts. But after bringing on Spartacus creator and former Daredevil showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight to helm the film, it has been relatively smooth sailing ever since.
Following DeKnight's arrival on the project, the film changed its name from Pacific Rim: Maelstrom to Uprising, and added several new stars to the line-up that once featured Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in staring roles. With Hunnam out of the picture, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega stepped in to the lead role as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost. Joining Boyega will be Adria Arjona, Tian Jing, Nick E. Tarabay, and Suicide Squad's Scott Eastwood.
With the cast firmly in place – including returning stars, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and the aforementioned Kikuchi – filming has finally gotten underway. Outside of several set photos from the cast and some artwork, there hasn't been much from the film in terms of official images – either of the main characters or the fearsome Kaiju – but thanks to Boyega's social media presence it looks as though the first official image from Pacific Rim: Uprising has hit the internet. Take a look below:
I am Pentecost
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 7, 2017
The image offers a moody look at the film and of its ostensible star. Boyega kept his tweet short and to the point, saying, "I am Pentecost 2018" along with the hashtag #PacificRimUprising. The shot raises plenty of questions, like when in the film does this image take place? From the look of it, Jake is decked out in what is more or less civilian clothes and not the Jaeger pilot suit Boyega has shared images of previously. Furthermore, the room Jake is in looks like it has seen better days, which may be a sign that Jaeger program has fallen on even harder times than the first film. On the other hand, he may simply be grumpy because he's been waiting for someone to open up that massive door, so he can get to fightin' some Kaiju.
At any rate, while the image doesn't offer much in the way of details about the film, it does help to set the tone of what DeKnight and his largely new cast are cooking up. Del Toro's first movie offered a fun adventurous tone that, although the stakes were high (though normal for a blockbuster of that size), still managed to bring plenty of levity into an otherwise dire situation. If nothing else, this image might make fans wonder if the sequel will follow suit.
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- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018