Five years after Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim burst onto the big screen, the Kaiju blasting blockbuster finally returns with it’s follow up, Pacific Rim: Uprising. Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight takes over the helm from Del Toro, with Star War’s John Boyega not only taking on the role of Stacker’s son but also leading the charge as a producer.
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
HeyUGuys Zehra Phelan caught up with director, DeKnight to talk about the film. In the interview, DeKnight reveals why a blockbuster such as this made him transition from the small screen to make his feature film directorial debut. He also reveals how Del Toro – who acts as a producer on the film – handed over the reins, with his complete faith, as he went off to work on The Shape of Water. DeKnight also makes it clear that Uprising is just the beginning with plans to create further instalments that leave the door open for Charlie Hunnam to return after scheduling conflicts stopped him from being involved in the sequel.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is out in cinemas March 23rd.
Watch the full interview below.