Karan Brar

Indian American actor Karan Brar’s (third from left) new action sci-fi film, “Pacific Rim Uprising,” opens March 23. (YouTube screengrab)

Indian American teenage actor Karan Brar’s new film is almost here. The latest trailer for Legendary Entertainment/Universal Pictures’ “Pacific Rim Uprising,” the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film “Pacific Rim,” which hits theaters March 23, has arrived.

In the first film, as a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures called Kaiju wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. In “Pacific Rim Uprising,” directed by Steven S. DeKnight, the Kaiju have returned.

John Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous Kaiju, according to the official synopsis. Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) — who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Brar plays ‘Suresh,’ a new cadet for the Jaeger pilot program, who helps Boyega, aka Jake, in tackling the monsters. To prepare for the role, Brar, according to IMDb, worked out with a personal trainer for several months both before and during the shooting of the film, which included stunt and fight training as well as a monitored diet.

The new trailer shows Boyega giving out an inspirational message to the inexperienced cadets: “There are pilots we remember as legends. They didn’t start that way. They started out like us. This is our time to make a difference,” he says. “Jaegar pilots, do you understand?”

The film also stars Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman.

Brar, who has been entertaining fans since the age of seven, turned 19 Jan. 18, and, celebrated his birthday by achieving yet another milestone – directing an episode of his own show. The young actor, who stars as Ravi Ross on Disney’s “Bunk’d,” wore the director’s hat for an episode on Season 3 of the show. (See earlier India-West story here: http://bit.ly/2wYJFnQ)

The recent episode, No. 309 to be precise, that he directed was titled, “Finder’s Keep, Lou’s a Weeper.”

“Guess who’s directing this week… thanks @DisneyChannel for the amazing opportunity,” he wrote on Twitter and also shared a photo suggesting the same.

“Bunk’d,” which is a spin-off of the hit comedy series, “Jessie,” also stars Peyton List as Emma Ross, Skai Jackson as Zuri Ross and Miranda May as Lou.

Watch the trailer of “Pacific Rim Uprising” here:

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