Though Pacific Rim: Uprising is still four months away from release, fans of the franchise are getting a look at what goes into creating its epic monsters vs. robots battles. A special sizzle reel for the film debuted at Tokyo Comic-Con, which goes behind the scenes of the kaiju movie. Uprising takes place a decade after Guillermo del Toro’s original 2013 Pacific Rim film.
“I grew up watching the old giant monster movies from Japan, the classics like Ultraman, Space Giants, and, of course, Godzilla. I just ate it up,” director Steven S. DeKnight, whose previous work includes Season 1 of Daredevil, says. “With the technology we have, we have a chance to make it that much more spectacular.”
The technology is rather impressive, too. Combining green-screen elements, practical effects, and computer-generated imagery builds the world of the movie, as John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) plays the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba’s role in the first film), leading a team that pilots the giant mechanized warriors against humongous monsters. “Everybody has felt that feeling when those monsters go through a city. it creates an instant excitement,” the actor says. “Pacific Rim: Uprising gives an answer back to those monsters that we’ve grown up watching.”
Joining Boyega in the film are Scott Eastwood and Cailee Sapeny, among others. Additionally, both Rinku Kukuchi (Mako Mori) and Charlie Day (Dr. Newt Geiszler) reprise their roles from the first film.