Set 10 years after the events of the previous movie, PACIFIC RIM UPRISING sees Star Wars' John Boyega play Jake Penecost, the son of Idris Elba’s fallen Jaeger pilot Stacker Pentecost, who finds himself at ground zero when the monstrous Kaiju begin re-emerging and laying waste to humanity once more.
Boyega says his character isn’t the uptight guy that the father was: “He’s a stealer, a hustler and lives in a half mansion. He doesn’t want to live up to the Penecost name.” But then duty calls, and Jake has to make good on the legacy his father left behind during the first attack with the Kaiju.
Steven S. DeKnight directs the follow-up to the Guillermo del Toro film which takes place 10 years after the previous movie which in layman’s terms is essentially a Transformers vs. lizard monster movie. However, in Pacific Rim, the humans control the big-Transformers like fighting machines and they’re called “Jaegers” and the monsters are called “Kaiju”. For DeKnight, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a movie about inclusivity: “Jaeger pilots know nothing but a world of chaos, but what we wanted to show in the movie, is that it doesn’t matter where your parents are from, your race, sexual orientation…you can make a difference. It’s the human inside that Jaeger that makes a difference."