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‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ First Trailer Sees John Boyega Battle Amphibious Creatures, Giant Robots (Video)

The sequel from Legendary and Universal unleashes first footage at New York Comic-Con

The first trailer for “Pacific Rim 2” was unleashed onto the crowd at New York Comic-Con on Friday — and it had instant impact.

The follow-up to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 sci-fi film from Legendary and Universal stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Tian Jing and Daniel Feuerriegel, plus returning actor Charlie Day. 

It hits theaters on March 23.

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The movie is set in a dystopian future pitting underwater creatures called Kaiju against giant robots operated by dual human pilots called Jaegers. Boyega will be following in the footsteps of his on-screen father, played by Idris Elba in the original film, to lead a Jaeger uprising against resurgent Kaiju.

Steven S. DeKnight, whose credits include “Spartacus” and “Daredevil,” takes over directing duties from Guillermo del Toro.

The 2013 original generated more than $411 million at the global box office. The $190 million production managed only $101 million domestically but pulled off a strong performance overseas — particularly in China.