The first teaser for Pacific Rim Uprising — the upcoming sequel for 2013’s glorious giant robots vs. kaiju masterpiece, Pacific Rim — is here, and it provides the first look at John Boyega’s Jake Pentecost (the son of Idris Elba’s character in the first film).
You’re here for the giant robots
Boyega looks great in the brief shot, but this is Pacific Rim, so you’re not really here for that. You’re here for the giant mechs (i.e., Jaegers). In between a bunch of close-up shots and dramatic voiceover from Ellen McLain — who might sound familiar as the voice of Glados from Portal — the teaser hypes a whole bunch of new machines. Chief among them might be the successor to the iconic Gypsy Danger mech from the original: the even more comically named Gypsy Avenger, which seems to be piloted by Boyega.
There’s also an in-universe companion site that purports to recruit for the Jaegar program, with some more information (and downloadable blueprints) for the new mechs.
We don’t know a lot about the plot of Pacific Rim Uprising, but it seems safe to say that the new mechs — along with the various array of swords, canons, and spikes that they’re wielding — will see plenty of action when the sequel arrives in theaters on February 23rd, 2018.
Update July 24th, 3:10PM ET: The Pacific Rim Uprising PR team has asked us to update the post to reflect that the proper title of the film is “Pacific Rim Uprising,” not “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” as the original text of this article read.