NYCC 2017: Pacific Rim Uprising Cast Interviews

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NYCC 2017: Pacific Rim Uprising Cast Interviews
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 9, 2017

At the 2017 New York Comic Con, Legendary Pictures and Universal brought out director Steven S. DeKnight, John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Burn Gorman and newcomer Cailee Spaeny for the Pacific Rim Uprising panel.

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil), Pacific Rim Uprising also stars Scott Eastwood, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Jing Tian, Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, Lan Yingying, Qian Yongchen, Zhang Jin, and newcomers Cailee Spaeny and Chen Zitong.

Pacific Rim Uprising hits theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on March 23, 2018.

John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father (played by Idris Elba in the original film) gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale

The film is based on the universe first created by genre film culture innovator Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham in the 2013 blockbuster Pacific Rim.

Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and del Toro are producing the new action adventure alongside Boyega and Femi Oguns under their Upper Room Productions shingle. Cale Boyter and Eric McLeod serve as the film’s executive producers.

With Attack The Block, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this film, you must really love the sci-fi genre?

John Boyega: I love the genre obviously. It’s my chance to be part of a movie that builds character in a very interesting way. I’ve always been a fan of Pacific Rim and I loved the visuals and Stacker Pentecost was my favorite character. To be a part of the expansion 10 years into the future with new upgrades to the Jaegers and lots of action is great.

Of the three films, which one did you do more for physically?

John Boyega: This is the biggest stunt work I’ve done so far. I’ve never been challenged this much. All of the action is not only in the Jaegers but on the ground too. This is definitely a very physical movie and the most physical work I’ve done.

Which of the Jaegers are you working with?

John Boyega: I’m with Gypsy, the leader lady of them all.

How is this film different from the original?

John Boyega: There’s an expansion and detailed account of the universe. We get to explain more than it was talked about in the original.

What attracted you to this film?

Scott Eastwood: The story. It all comes down to the story. This story really expanded the world that Guillermo del Toro had created. I was a fan of the first film and I was, “Wow. What would be the world be like in 10 years.” I think it’s an interesting idea to explore.

With this film and the Fast and the Furious films, what’s it like coming into a franchise film?

Scott Eastwood: I really don’t think about the stuff. I think about who’s directing it, what’s the story, and does it move creatively as an artist? With this film, all the boxes were checked off.

Did you do a lot of physically or was it green screen?

Scott Eastwood: Steven DeKnight really wanted to incorporate and integrate the two, so it felt real. Sure, there was some green screen we had to use, but we used a lot of practical sets.

What’s it like to have your first film be this huge franchise film?

Cailee Spaeny: Insane! I’m like, “What is happening right now.” Everyone’s been amazing. I was nervous about it and felt intimidated going into the process, but everyone welcomed me in with open arms. I’m really thankful for that.

Had you seen the first film before this role?

Cailee Spaeny: I hadn’t seen the movie until I got the audition. Then when I got it, I opened up my laptop, bought the film and watched it.

What was the chemistry like on the set?

Cailee Spaeny: John took me under his arms and he didn’t have to do that. He understood being thrown into a franchise and being catapulted. He took me aside and tried to calm me down and said “It’s going to be ok” and “We got this.” It was a total team effort.

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