A new trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to recent Oscar nominee Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 monster movie, was released online on Thursday, and it promises a movie that retains most of the original parts, but has been fashioned into a bigger, brighter and louder movie.
The film features cast members Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Rinko Kikuchi reprising their original roles. There is also a slew of new characters, including Jake Pentecost (played by The Last Jedi’s John Boyega) who is the son of the deceased former leader of the Jaeger corps, Stacker Pentecost (played previously by Idris Elba). Jake has been living in the shadow of his father’s legacy and expectations, and when the Kaiju return, he joins the fight, aided by a group of inexperienced pilots.
The first film wasn’t a major commercial success – it made a little over $400 million against a $200 million budget – but significantly, it made over $100 million in China, which gave a green light to the sequel. It’s scheduled for release on March 23.