The original Pacific Rim is a giddy and eye-popping popcorn movie. While director Guillermo del Toro‘s lavish Kaiju movie was noticeably divisive online, it was embraced worldwide and became a modest box-office hit. The Legendary Pictures production earned enough cash in China to produce sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, which didn’t live up to the charm and personality of the first movie.

Recently, we asked screenwriter and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham what he initially had in mind for the franchise following the 2012 movie, since the sequel went in a very different direction than what was initially planned. A part of Beacham’s hope was to go to another world, and more specifically, to the other side of the rift where all the ‘lil blue creatures are cooking up Kaijus.

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Westworld Akane No Mai review

Welcome to our weekly recaps of HBO’s Westworld. This Westworld review takes a look at the fifth episode of season 2, “Akane No Mai”. Be warned: spoilers follow.

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Westworld trailer

At last, Westworld will take audiences to Shogun World. The next episode of Westworld, “Akane No Mai”, lands several characters in Shogun World, and this new Westworld trailer offers audiences their first real glimpse of that new park.

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Westworld Secret video

A new, exciting Westworld season 2 trailer dropped online today, but that’s only the beginning. A secret video and a secret code have also accompanied the new trailer, taking us further down the Westworld rabbit hole. Plus: Rinko Kikuchi has joined the cast for season 2.

See more on the Westworld secret video below.

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Pacific Rim Uprising TV spot Jaegers

Pacific Rim Uprising is getting ready to smash its way into theaters. In anticipation of the upcoming sequel, a new Pacific Rim Uprising TV spot has arrived to introduce us to the brand-new Jaegers in the film. Jaegers, as you may remember, are the huge robots that are operated by pilots who connect their very minds to the ‘bots.

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Pacific Rim Uprising Images

Pacific Rim Uprising, the highly anticipated (?) sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, is about to unleash more giant robot mayhem on audiences. Ahead of the film’s March release date, a new set of images have arrived showing off star John Boyega along with some sword-wielding robots. See the Pacific Rim Uprising images below.

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pacific rim uprising featurette

With all the inspiration that the Pacific Rim franchise draws from Japan, it’s no surprise that Tokyo Comic-Con would get an exclusive featurette chock full of new footage of the upcoming Pacific Rim Uprising.

But there’s more to this featurette than a flew splashes of new scenes and peeks at the behind-the-scenes production. This international featurette finally gives us a longer look at the return of Rinko Kikuchi‘s Mako Mori, the star and the warm, beating heart of Guillermo del Toro’s original film.

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pacific rim 2 trailer

Turns out that what follows after you cancel the apocalypse…is another apocalypse.

The trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising debuted at New York Comic Con, after months of teases and images for the highly anticipated follow-up to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 love letter to mecha anime and monsters, Pacific Rim. Now it’s up to a new generation of Jaeger pilots to save the world and defeat the monsters — with all-new gadgets and rocket-arm swords.

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Rinko Kikuchi Pacific Rim 2

As excited as we are to meet the new leads of Pacific Rim: Uprising, including the lead character played by John Boyega, we’ve also been curious about which stars from the original might resurface. Although producer Guillermo del Toro has promised that “a lot” of familiar faces would return, more concrete details have been hard to come by. But now that shooting on Pacific Rim: Uprising is officially underway, a new set photo might have revealed some big news.

It looks like Rinko Kikuchi will be back as Mako Mori, along with Charlie Day and Burn Gorman as previously rumored. Not only that, it seems Karl Urban may be part of the cast as well.

UPDATE: Karl Urban has responded to rumors of his being in Pacific Rim: Uprising. See what he had to say below. Read More »

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Pacific Rim 2 cast

UPDATE: Charlie Hunnam is not coming back for Pacific Rim 2. Over the weekend, he spoke to Yahoo Movies and said that he “was forced to exit the production at an early stage due to scheduling conflicts.” So his character Raleigh Becket will not be in the sequel, though Hunnam says he’s still excited to see what they do with the follow-up. Our original story follows.

For a short while, the possibility of a Pacific Rim 2 appeared doubtful. Universal scrapped the sequel’s original release date, but soon after that a new date was announced and it was announced that John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will play the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost in Steven S. DeKnight‘s sequel. But what about the original cast? Will Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) return? What about everybody’s favorite black market Kaiju salesman, Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman)?

Producer Guillermo del Toro confirmed we’ll see a lot of the original film’s cast members come back. Below, learn more about the Pacific Rim 2 cast.

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