Boyega plays Jake Pentecost, who leads the next-generation team of Jaeger pilots as they deal with the aftermath of the battle that took place 10 years earlier. In the sequel, the team must prepare for a possible new invasion. Jake is the estranged son of Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba in the 2013 movie.
“Jake is the prodigal son,” says Boyega. “He is a young guy who was on the cusp of greatness in his early days when he was training to be a Jaeger pilot, but he always had a troubled relationship with Stacker. I’m the son he didn’t really talk about in the first film…the product of Stacker’s first love.”
Boyega describes the new Jaegers featured in the sequel:
- Gipsy Avenger: “She’s an upgrade model form Gipsy Danger in the first movie.”
- Saber Athena: “She’s the fastest Jaeger, and she is agile and assigned two skillful pilots who know how to do martial arts.”
- Guardian Bravo: “She has big electric whips, but is very stocky and strong.”
- Titus Redeemer: “She is a mystery rogue Jaeger, but is really strong and advanced,” Boyega says. “She has guns on the chest. That Jaeger is, in fact, a three-man rig — one is in the cockpit shooting missiles and bullets from the chest.”
“Pacific Rim Uprising” arrives in theaters on March 23, 2018.