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Published on June 8th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


Idris Elba Looks Hard-Hitting in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

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On a day of first looks, we got a treat from the latest issue of Total Film magazine, which has an interview with filmmker Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy) who talks about his latest film, Pacific Rim. We’re still over a year away from its July 12, 2013 release but we got a first photo look at Idris Elba (Luther, Prometheus) suited up. Check it out below:

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The story of Pacific Rim centers around monstrous creatures from the sea known as the Kaiju, who try to take over human resources and take over the planet. Robots piloted psychically by two men called Jaegers are created to combat the Kaiju. Mankind must turn to a washed up former pilot, Hunnam’s character, and trainee played by Rinko Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood), who co-pilot an obsolete Jaeger to attempt to surmount impossible odds.

You’ll have to pick up the magazine to see what Elba’s role will be, but we love that he’s getting featured in more Hollywood films. He also played Heimdall in Thor and will reprise him in Thor 2. And he was great as Janek in Prometheus, which is out today. His work in Luther goes understated because it’s a BBC show, but it’s such a great show that showcases Elba’s hard-hitting talent.

As for Pacific Rim, this looks to be the big summer science fiction film of 2013 and it also stars some of our favorites from Sons of Anarchy, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam. In the interview, del Toro talks about how Hunnam was chosen for the film:

“The funny thing is Charlie was one of my only two choices for the prince of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I met with him. He screen tested. I loved Charlie before Sons Of Anarchy. He always brought a certain honesty. He’s the kind of guy that women will love who guys won’t hate. He’s the right side of honest and good looking that you don’t want to punch him in the face. You want to have a pint with the guy. You want to take him to the pub. There’s male bonding energy with this guy that I thought was perfect for the character.”

Just when we’re savoring Prometheus, we get a taste of Pacific Rim. This is del Toro getting to do what he does best, create a world of other-worldly creatures and a surreal world that contains it all. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all-time favorite films. Sons of Anarchy and Luther fans alike, keep this one on your radar as it’s got the ingredients for a winning recipe.

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