Pacific Rim may have struggled in the U.S. box office, but its international take was strong enough to merit a sequel in the form of Pacific Rim: Uprising. Just how much that sequel will resemble its Guillermo del Toro-helmed predecessor is still a major question. Del Toro originally said that it would be "very different" from the original, but since then, his original script for the follow-up has been re-written by Jurassic World co-scribe Derek Connolly. The director seat is also being filled by Daredevil showrunner, Steve S. DeKnight. While Del Toro still remains onboard as a producer, it's hard to know the kind of product Legendary Pictures has in mind.
Whether or not Uprising shares a tone with its predecessor, it will likely serve as a "jumping on" point for viewers who didn't see the original. Raleigh Becket, the protagonist played by Charlie Hunnam in the original, seems to have no role in this new film. Instead, the focus will be on the late Stacker Pentecost's (Idris Elba) son, who's played by John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Director Steve S. DeKnight recently shared a new look at the film set via his Instagram account. The image depicts a "Restricted Area" sign, posted by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. The sign, as well as the fence it's mounted on, appear to have been melted through by an intruder.
What could be the cause of this breach? It's unlikely that the animalistic Kaiju are behind it, as they tend to smash things on the scale of a skyscraper with ease. Instead, it seems like a human has broken into the facility that houses the Jaegers. Could this be Boyega's Jake Pentecost, trying to find answers about his father's legacy? Details about the plot are slim, so pretty much everything about his role in the film is still a mystery. Really, all we know, based on set photos, is that he wears the uniform of a Jaeger pilot. Considering the threat of the Kaijus was apparently defeated at the end of the last film, it's uncertain whether the Pan Pacific Defense Corps is still even active at the beginning of this one.
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Source: Steve S. DeKnight via Instagram