It will be five years between drinks for the franchise that brought the unexpected hit Pacific Rim. That's when Uprising comes out on February 23, 2018. But work is well underway to keep the mammoth project on schedule. With the original costing $190m to get the screenplay into cinemas, Legendary Pictures is sparing no expense for a title that has much to live up to.
Following the departure of Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba from the series, the two main casting roles have been filled by John Boyega from Star Wars: The Force Awakens fame and Suicide Squad's own Scott Eastwood. The latter of which showed off his uniform for the new installment courtesy of a fan page for the actor. Brandishing a blue and black outfit with blood splattered across the 30-year old's face and gear.
Someone Missed The Signs
Director Steven S. DeKnight wanted to get into the cryptic clue game as he takes the reigns of the franchise left vacated by Guillermo del Toro. Bringing back a few familiar faces from the original in the form of Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman, Knight posted the following image on Instagram with the following tagline.
"Someone's not paying attention to the warning signs... #pacificrimuprising #ppdc."
A kaiju monster could be to blame for part of the sign being ripped off, or it could be a case of self sabotage. All will be revealed in 13 months time. Boyega will be playing the son of the late Stacker Pentecost as the young actor and Eastwood are joined by Tian Jing, Levi Meaden and Cailee Spaeny.
Brisbane Turns Into A Tokyo Nightmare
Shooting in the capital city of Queensland, Australia rather than Tokyo itself, the usually relaxed and quiet surrounds of Brisbane were upended last month when extras were seen running for their lives. The threat is not exactly known, but the flurry of action on a Saturday morning had on-lookers very puzzled. All while production for Uprising was in full throttle mode.
Screen Queensland chief executive Tracey Vieira gave a run down of events.
"There are more than a few hundred who are working here who are from the local (film) industry," she started. "Everyone from the second unit production manager, some of the crews, the production assistants and the background extras. And a lot of the Japanese people you see here in the film are actually from Queensland. This morning scenes were pretty exciting scenes set in Tokyo and if you are standing here watching you don't get the full story because of lot of it happens in special effects. But you would have seen plenty of screaming and running."