8 Facts About Pacific Rim: Uprising You Need To Know Before Watching

For all those who watched the first Pacific Rim series in 2013 starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi, the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising will be released in March 2018!

However, for the fans of the first Pacific Rim, you may be disappointed to know that the cast has changed. Instead, the main role will be played by John Boyega, the actor behind Finn in the seventh and eighth episodes of the Star Wars franchise.

Image: GameSpot

Before you rush to buy your tickets, however, here are some things you should know (especially if you have not watched the first movie).

The storyline (duh)

Jake Pentecost (played by Boyega) is the son of Stacker Pentecost (from the first series) who gave his life for humanity’s victory against Kaiju. Relinquishing his training as a promising Jaegar pilot, Jake instead became part of the criminal underworld.

However, when another ruthless threat was issued, Jake was given a last chance by his estranged sister, Mako Mori, to live up to his father’s legacy.

The sequel is a standalone movie

It is not affiliated with the first series. Meaning even if you didn’t manage to catch Pacific Rim (2013), it’s entirely fine.

Director and writer, Steven S. DeKnight mentioned, “We built it so if you just want to watch the movie, all the information you need is in there”.

With that, if you watched the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer and want to catch it, go for it. Nevertheless, for fans of the first movie, the stories may not be connected, but I have a feeling it will be just as good as the first one.

The script of Pacific Rim: Uprising was written for Charlie Hunnam

Hunnam was originally supposed to return for the sequel as well. However due to filming for another film, Papillon, it led to “scheduling conflicts” as quoted by Hunnam, and therefore he wasn’t able to star in the second series.

Image: NME.com

A real pity for Hunnam fans, I’m sure. But hey, I bet Boyega would be able to pull off the role just fine.

The Director

Fans might be upset that majority of the cast did not stay. Well, not trying to rub salt into your wounds, but even the director has changed.

Guillermo del Toro, the man behind the visionary Pacific Rim, had to withdraw from the director’s chair due to conflicting directing schedules. Which is a real pity, but then again, his successor, Steven S. DeKnight, is pretty good too!

Taking over the role of director and writer, DeKnight is most well known as the showrunner of the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil, which was widely known and loved.

Image: The Cheat Sheet

Fun fact: This is actually DeKnight’s debut as a feature film director!


Fans of the first movie like me, you would have felt like we have waited too long for the sequel to come out. Why and what happened during the production process?

In 2015, it was published that was just a delay. However, it was more than that. Apparently ,there were clashes between the production company Legendary and Universal. But 5 months later, it was confirmed that Pacific Rim: Uprising would be moving ahead.

Changes to the Jaegers

For those who watched the first movie, you’ll know that the Jaegers need to be controlled by two pilots.

Image: The Student Review

However, in the new “Join The Jaeger Uprising” Trailer, it showed Boyega steering the Jaeger on his own!

Image: Nerdist

For those of you who don’t know what a Jeager is, no worries I’ll be explaining it to you in just a bit.


The word “Jaeger” came from the German word “hunter”. The reason they named the giant robot machines Jaeger was because they felt it was a fitting name for the machines, which emulate real hunters and destroy the wild beast (Kaiju) from another dimension.

Just a random fun fact: the movie wasn’t supposed to be called ‘Uprising’

Rather, the sequel to the hit movie was supposed to be titled “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom”.

Well, doesn’t really matter to me, seeing how the first two words have already stolen my heart. Now I just gotta wait for the release date, which happens to be on…


Mar 29 2018

Incidentally, you can check out the trailer here:

So how about it? Will you be watching the movie?

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