The official trailer for “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is out! The “Pacific Rim” sequel encourages viewers to join the ranks of the Jaegar pilots in a minute long recruitment video, complete with John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) telling fans to “join the Jaegar uprising.”
— Pacific Rim (@PacificRim) July 20, 2017
According to EW, creator Guillermo del Toro (“The Strain”) announced that the sequel was officially happening back in 2014. Four years later, we finally get a premiere date–Feb 28, 2018– for the sci-fi action sequel. Boyega will reportedly play Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, played in the first film by Idris Elba (“Luther”). Rinko Kikuchi (“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”) will reprise her role as Mako Mori. Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Burn Gorman (“The Dark Knight Rises”) will also star in the film.
The Jaegars are super-powered mobile weapons turned were used to defend earth from invaders in the first film. They look similar to Transformers, but aren’t sentient and require pilots to run them. They’re cooler than they sound. According to EW, the story picks up years after “Pacific Rim’s” storyline, hence the focus on Jake, not Stacker.
On an interesting note, Kikuchi’s character Mako Mori inspired a new feminist film test based on her badassery in “Pacific Rim.” The Mako Mori test strives to fill out feminist film critique, which is usually defined by the Bechdel test. In order to pass Alison bechdel’s test, a film must have two named female characters who talk to each other about anything other than a man. While “Pacific Rim” does not pass this test, fans noted Mori was a main character who “creates and defines the central, emotional tension of the film.” Thus, the Mako Mori test was born; in order to pass, a film must feature one female character who gets her own narrative arc that does not support a male character’s story.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” premieres Feb. 28, 2018. Watch the trailer above.