Watch the First Look of John Boyega in the Official ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Trailer

John Boyega is proving himself as an action star in the making one role at a time.

When he’s not starring as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he is at the center of the forthcoming film Pacific Rim: Uprising. The trailer, which was released Friday (Oct. 6), showed Boyega in an apocalyptic scenario leading others in the war against evolved aliens in the second installment of the futuristic sci-fi franchise.

Boyega portrays the film’s main protagonist, the rebellious Jake Pentecost. He is the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who co-starred in the previous film alongside Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and *spoiler alert* ultimately lost his life to secure humanity’s survival. The movie picks up ten years after the last movie and Boyega will battle with monsters and self-doubt as he tries to live up to the legacy his father left behind. “We were born into a world at war,” he can be heard saying in the first look of the film.

“Between the monsters who destroyed our cities and the monsters we created to stop them, we thought we had sacrificed enough,” Boyega’s Jake Pentecost continued to narrate. “But the war we thought we finished is just beginning. And the only thing standing in front of the apocalypse is us.”

Pacific Rim: Uprising is the sequel to the Guillermo del Toro helmed 2013 monster blockbuster Pacific Rim.

The 25-year-old English actor is often compared to legendary actor Denzel Washington, and if his growing list of credits are any indication, the Imperial Dreams actor is well on his way to solidifying himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Pacific Rim: Uprising also stars Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Adria Arjona, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day. The film is set to premiere in theaters on March 23.

Check out the first look of the teaser trailer below.

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