To a packed and excited room at New York Comic Con, Pacific Rim Uprising revealed a ton of details about the characters, story and, most importantly, the giant robots that make up the sequel. “It’s fun, it’s action, I think it’s everything you want Pacific Rim to be moving forward,” said producer and star John Boyega.
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Dressed as a Pan-Pacific Defence Corps (PPDC) commander, director Steven S. DeKnight described the new Jaegars that have developed in the 10 years after the first film. First of all, the PPDC is now an international force and the Jaegars are no longer coded by country. Second of all, DeKnight said that they wanted to show a “new generation of Jaeger pilots who have known nothing but chaos”.
First up is Gipsy Avenger, named after the legendary Jaeger from the first film, who has a gravity sling that allows it to “reach out and grab buildings and cars [to throw at] at the kaiju”. Second is Bracer Phoenix, which is a brute force, three-pilot machine. The third pilot can drop into the chest and operate giant guns called the vortex cannon. Third is Saber Athena, an experimental, swift Jaeger with plasma swords. Fourth is Titan Redeemer, which has a weapon attached to its arm called the “ball of death”. There’s also Guardian Bravo, another brute force Jaeger that has a “graphine arc whip”.
Finally, there’s a little Jaegar called Scrapper that’s been “slapped together” because, in the 10 years since the original, people have been stealing PPDC tech to build their own Jeagers.
Of the returning characters, Burn Gorman said his Dr Hermann Gottlieb “hasn’t changed his underwear in 10 years” and is the most “important scientist now in the PPDC, with a great budget”. But he’s still really affected by the drift connection with the kaiju he experienced in the first film. He’s also still with the PPDC, while Dr Newt Geiszler (Charlie Day) is in the private sector now.
Cailee Spaeny (Jaeger pilot hopeful Amara Namani, left in the picture above) said her character’s family was all killed in the first attack. So she “dived” into the Jaegar tech so that she’d be ready when the kaiju returned, as she believed they would. Boyega added that Jake Pentecost is “brought back in a very unique way, through a connection to Cailee’s character, Amara”.
Scott Eastwood’s Nate Lambert, meanwhile, is the “tip of the spear” who is nothing without his best friend, Jake. The two will have a lot to work through when Pentecost returns, as Boyega said that Jake “doesn’t want to accept his legendary status, he’s a stealer, a hustler, he lives in half a mansion”.
DeKnight also made sure to say that the message of the film was that people of any gender, sexual orientation, or race “can be a hero. It’s the person inside the Jaeger who is super.”