For the longest time, it looked certain that Legendary Entertainment’s Pacific Rim sequel would forever remain a pipe dream. Shackled with financial woes and creative setbacks at the outset, it wasn’t until the studio was acquired by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group that the pieces began to fall into place. This, coupled with Guillermo del Toro’s unwavering support, has breathed new life into the dormant Jaeger program, and so we stand on the cusp of Pacific Rim: Uprising.
Currently lensing Down Under, we know that Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight is behind the lens – del Toro vacated the director’s chair to seek pastures anew, but remains attached to produce Uprising – presiding over an ensemble cast that includes The Force Awakens breakout John Boyega, Jing Tian, Lana Condor, Cailee Spaeny, Adria Arjona, Ukrainian up-and-comer Ivanna Sakhno and Scott Eastwood, star of Suicide Squad and, soon, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious.
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The latter is reportedly on board to play Nate Lamber, a former Jaeger pilot who suits up to defend humanity once those sky-scrapping Kaiju begin to stage a resurgence. And so, after set photos confirmed Boyega’s character – he’ll play Jake Pentecost, son of the apocalypse-cancelling Stacker – a new pic has found its way online today that showcases Eastwood suited and booted in similar attire. Will they be piloting a remodeled version of Gipsy Danger come 2018? Time will tell.
Pacific Rim: Uprising will look to fend off a new wave of Kaiju when the Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel stomps into theaters on February 23rd, 2018.