What’s a Jaeger? The Heroes of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

An extended version of the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer has been released that includes a featurette on the Jaegers, the giant robots that battle the giant monsters known as Kaiju.

Designed as a sort of recruiting film for prospective Jaeger pilots, this primer is part instructional, part propaganda. It’s the sort of expanded universe trope that reminds me of Kaiju Emergency Alert System. If you haven’t seen the first movie, this video will tell you just about all you need to know about these cool robots.

So, what exactly is a Jaeger?

Whatever you do, do not confuse Pacific Rim‘s human-piloted Jaegers with the ridiculous sentient robots in the trashy Transformers explosion-fest franchise from Michael Bay.

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight (SPARTACUS), PRU stars John Boyega (The Last Jedi), Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian (The Great Wall), Nick Tarabay, Zhang Jin and returning castmembers Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, Charlie Day as Newt Geiszler and Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb.

Pacific Rim: Uprising opens on March. 23, 2018.


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