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"It's Always Sunny" star Charlie Day in talks to star in del Toro's Pacific Rim

06.16.2011by: Jake Dee

As Guillermo del Toro tactfully wades through pre-production on his 8th feature, PACIFIC RIM, casting will no doubt play a major role in the success of the film. We already know Idris Alba and Charlie Hunnam are onboard to star in the grand-scale alien yarn, and now a new name has been tossed into the fray...

According to Variety, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" star Charlie Day is now in talks to play a part in PACIFIC RIM. Word is he'll portray a professor, but that's all we really know.

Day (seen above) has enjoyed newfound success in movies, having appeared in A QUIET LITTLE MARRIAGE and GOING THE DISTANCE. He also has the high profile HORRIBLE BOSSES due out next month.

With production slated to commence this fall, here's a lengthy synopsis for PACIFIC RIM we first showed you back in March:

The film will take place in two worlds. The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is "The Anteverse," another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean's surface.

Since the first attack, the rim has been "spitting out" a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the "Jaeger" program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry. Within the first act alone, we are given enough detailed background on the god-like Jaeger systems, its shared neural piloting system (called "pons"), and the relentless beasts. But Beacham is an absolute master at immediately establishing characters and their conflicts.

The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier. The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared "pons" experience. After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow "leftover," 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori. Naturally, the language barrier (among other things) presents an issue for the out-of-sync duo, meaning an even steeper learning curve for the unprecedented pairing.

Meanwhile, Felicity "Flick" Kincaid, a journalist and Yance's former fiancée, circles the globe (ours) to discover answers about this mysterious rift and the origins of its intensifying threat.

HORRIBLE BOSSES star Jen Aniston

Extra Tidbit: My sister's in love with this Day fella...are you?
Source: Variety



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