(L to R) Cadets Amara (CAILEE SPAENY) and Jinhai (WESLEY WONG) in the Bracer Phoenix Conn-Pod in “Pacific Rim Uprising.” The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity. Photo Credit: Jasin Boland
Initially focused on pursing a music career, Cailee Spaeny is making huge strides as an actress thanks to her scene stealing work in Pacific Rim Uprising. As the brave and determined Amara Namani, the Springfield, Missouri native spent six months in Australia and China.
Pacific Rim Uprising is her feature film debut and before shooting that movie, she had never traveled outside the U.S. It’s an exciting time for the actress, who also landed a plum role in director Drew Goddard’sBad Times at the El Royale. Co-starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, and Dakota Johnson, the feature centers on a cast of individuals whose lives collide at a Lake Tahoe area hotel.
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Pacific Rim Uprising, now playing nationwide, co-stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood.
Most of the actors in Pacific Rim: Uprising didn’t appear in the original 2013 movie, so that gave the filmmakers a little extra flexibility in crafting the story. Scott Eastwood, one of the film’s new faces, says that, for one, they were able to play with its timeline a little bit. Although the sequel is appearing five years after the original, the story is set 10 years later, and Eastwood said that opened up a lot of new possibilities.
Pacific Rim Uprising opens in theaters on March 23.
Some fans may remember John Boyega way back in 2011 with the well received flick Attack the Block, but the 25-year-old actor became a bonafide star thanks to his work in the latest Star Wars films. Boyega is know stepping his game up another level as a producer and lead actor of Pacific Rim Uprising.
“What Pacific Rim does is it gives an answer to those monsters that we’ve grown up watching,” said Boyega who was seen in last year’s release Detroit. “So we love King Kong. We love Godzilla, but if they are going to attack us what would we have? We have the Jaegers, so seeing that face-off is like getting a ticket to the best boxing match ever!”
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Co-starring Scott Eastwood, Pacific Rim Uprising opens nationwide March 23.