‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ trailer pits John Boyega against kaiju

Devindra Hardawar

Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim was a geek's fever dream, mixing together elements of kaiju (giant monster) films, huge robots and anime. Now, the cinema gods have blessed us with a sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising. This time, it's John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the starring role, playing the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost from the first film. He's a former Jaeger pilot turned criminal who finds himself as part of the resistance fighting against a new wave of monsters. And as you'd imagine, they're even bigger than what we saw before.

Steven DeKnight, creator of the excellent Spartacus TV series, replaces del Toro in the director's chair. Between his work on Spartacus, the first season of Daredevil and Angel, I'm not too worried about DeKnight being able to pull off the film, even though it's his first feature. Based on the trailer, it looks like there's plenty of giant robot mayhem, and perhaps even a chance we'll see more of the monster-ravaged world.