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Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim gets a leading lady and a Comic Con appearance (with Mass Effect and others)

Jul. 6, 2011by: Dave Davis

Geek god Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM will have man-made machines fighting massive monsters, but he isn't just relying on pure spectacle. The filmmaker is assembling an intriguing and capable cast that so far includes Idris Elba, "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam, and Charlie Day (HORRIBLE BOSSES).

Now the FX-filled epic has added Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (THE BROTHERS BLOOM), presumably as the co-pilot of Hunnam's beast-battling mech. The big-budget action/sci-fi flick involves an invasion of interdimensional creatures, and several affected countries team up against the threat with huge robotic combat units, each of which requires a pair of specially trained pilots.

Kikuchi will next be seen with Keanu Reeves in 47 RONIN. She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in BABEL, directed by del Toro's chum Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu.

And although del Toro is still in the casting process, he and the announced actors of PACIFIC RIM will be appearing at San Diego Comic Con at the Legendary Pictures panel. Also on hand for Legendary's upcoming projects will be Bradley Cooper and director Alex Proyas (THE CROW) for PARADISE LOST, and Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes for THE SEVENTH SON.

Additionally, screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I AM LEGEND) and game creative director Casey Hudson will be there for MASS EFFECT, which at the very least means that the studio is still wrestling the ambitious project through development. Legendary announced their plan to adapt the sprawling sci-fi videogame series back in May 2010, but FilmShep has been pretty quiet since then.

Bioware's trilogy-ending game MASS EFFECT 3 is due in March 2012, still a painfully long wait to hang with Tali and Liara...
Extra Tidbit: Since none of these movies have actually started filming, this should be the most chatty high-profile panel at the Con...
Source: Collider

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6:58PM on 07/07/2011
can't wait to see this film
can't wait to see this film
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3:39PM on 07/07/2011
Love Del Toro, and Love Rinko Kikuchi. Brothers Bloom was one of my favorite films. This is a go.
Love Del Toro, and Love Rinko Kikuchi. Brothers Bloom was one of my favorite films. This is a go.
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1:43PM on 07/07/2011
When I read the Pacific Rim synopsis, all i can think of is Power Rangers, haha, but I know Del Toro will make it awesome.
When I read the Pacific Rim synopsis, all i can think of is Power Rangers, haha, but I know Del Toro will make it awesome.
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12:09PM on 07/07/2011
Mass Effect. Movie. My brain just imploded.
Mass Effect. Movie. My brain just imploded.
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9:01AM on 07/07/2011
Hopefully Ron Perlman will get a part too!
Hopefully Ron Perlman will get a part too!
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6:49AM on 07/07/2011
Does this mean we are finally getting another Del Toro film for real?!About time...To have him and Cuaron wasting time not getting films made is such a crime.
Does this mean we are finally getting another Del Toro film for real?!About time...To have him and Cuaron wasting time not getting films made is such a crime.
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5:31AM on 07/07/2011

Mass Effect 3 due in theatres?

Is it possible you meant "stores"?
Is it possible you meant "stores"?
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3:44AM on 07/07/2011
Yet another reason I need to bump Brothers Bloom to the top of my Netflix queue. She's gorgeous.
Yet another reason I need to bump Brothers Bloom to the top of my Netflix queue. She's gorgeous.
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3:58AM on 07/07/2011
The Brothers Bloom is one of the best scripts to come to the screen in the last 10 years easily...it's beyond great.
The Brothers Bloom is one of the best scripts to come to the screen in the last 10 years easily...it's beyond great.
11:57PM on 07/06/2011

Wait...

they are making a mass effect movie. Where the fuck have I been. And I pray that pacific rim is an amazing insane monster movie. With del torro behind cameras it should be, he always had rad monsters in his films.
they are making a mass effect movie. Where the fuck have I been. And I pray that pacific rim is an amazing insane monster movie. With del torro behind cameras it should be, he always had rad monsters in his films.
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10:06PM on 07/06/2011

Oochie-Kikuchi

Wonderful eye candy addition to a sure to be fantastical movie... My "yellow-fever" addiction can always use a good fix.
Wonderful eye candy addition to a sure to be fantastical movie... My "yellow-fever" addiction can always use a good fix.
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9:34PM on 07/06/2011
Kikuchi is such an underutilized talent. Heartbreaking in Babel and she stole The Brothers Bloom away from Ruffalo, Weisz, and Brody. Not many could do that.
Kikuchi is such an underutilized talent. Heartbreaking in Babel and she stole The Brothers Bloom away from Ruffalo, Weisz, and Brody. Not many could do that.
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