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Idris Elba joins Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim

Jun. 22, 2011by: Paul Tassi

We've heard whispers about this for a while now, but as of today, it's official. Idris Elba is joining Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM.

Elba has become attached an increasingly high profile of projects since most of us met him as Stringer Bell on The Wire. He was recently in THOR, and is currently filming PROMETHEUS with Ridley Scott. He was said to be in talks with Tarantino for the lead in DJANGO UNCHAINED, but departed once Will Smith started being considered. That didn't seem to pan out either, and now that project is said to be looking to Jamie Foxx for the part.

PACIFIC RIM is in fact a leading role for Elba, as he'll be playing a character named "Sensi" in the film. Not much is known about the project other than the intriguing logline:

"Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace."

The only other confirmed cast member at this point is Sons of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam, and he and Elba's characters are said to have to pilot some sort of advanced mechs to fight the creatures. Sounds awesome to me. 

Extra Tidbit: Most people don't or didn't know that Elba is actually British because of how well he can fake an American accent.
Source: Deadline

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4:58PM on 06/23/2011

Good casting

I'm quietly hoping this ends up being Godzilla rebooted! Sounds like Godzilla vs Ultraman.
I'm quietly hoping this ends up being Godzilla rebooted! Sounds like Godzilla vs Ultraman.
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9:39PM on 06/22/2011
GDT hasn't impressed me since Hellboy 1.
GDT hasn't impressed me since Hellboy 1.
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12:49PM on 06/24/2011
Hellboy 2 wasn't as good as 1, but it was still very watchable, and Pan's Labyrinth was stellar...although reading IS required.
Hellboy 2 wasn't as good as 1, but it was still very watchable, and Pan's Labyrinth was stellar...although reading IS required.
5:28PM on 06/22/2011
I like Elba, but this movie just sounds stupid. I hope it surprises me and turns out good though.
I like Elba, but this movie just sounds stupid. I hope it surprises me and turns out good though.
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5:00PM on 06/22/2011

He's Awesome!

I am a big fan of his. Daddy's Little Girls is the only Tyler Perry movie I can stand and that's because he's in it. His BBC show, Luther, has just stated it's second season in the UK and I'm DYING to see it. Luther is a great show and I highly suggest that you check it out. It's available for streaming via Netflix. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED that he will not be in Django Unchained. He would have made that film epic. I am not that big a fan of Jamie Foxx so my interest in that film has waned.
I am a big fan of his. Daddy's Little Girls is the only Tyler Perry movie I can stand and that's because he's in it. His BBC show, Luther, has just stated it's second season in the UK and I'm DYING to see it. Luther is a great show and I highly suggest that you check it out. It's available for streaming via Netflix. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED that he will not be in Django Unchained. He would have made that film epic. I am not that big a fan of Jamie Foxx so my interest in that film has waned.
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12:59PM on 06/22/2011
This guy is awesome,I love seeing his name popping up everywhere! To bad about django he would kill in that role,boo Jamie Fox,he ran his course and will make django drop down on my list of movies I'm really excited for
This guy is awesome,I love seeing his name popping up everywhere! To bad about django he would kill in that role,boo Jamie Fox,he ran his course and will make django drop down on my list of movies I'm really excited for
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2:19PM on 06/22/2011
Agree. Fox ran his course and doesn't appeal to me anymore, and I dare say to the masses either. Plus, his acting is pretty dry and doesn't really "hit a home run" if you know what I mean. Not a bad actor, but not good either. Just bland.
Agree. Fox ran his course and doesn't appeal to me anymore, and I dare say to the masses either. Plus, his acting is pretty dry and doesn't really "hit a home run" if you know what I mean. Not a bad actor, but not good either. Just bland.
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12:59PM on 06/22/2011
I laugh my ass off every time I see that part on The Office when he says to the camera "I am aware of the effect I have on women."
I laugh my ass off every time I see that part on The Office when he says to the camera "I am aware of the effect I have on women."
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12:12PM on 06/22/2011
I'm really excited now.
I'm really excited now.
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12:05PM on 06/22/2011

Awesome choice!

Seeing him mount up in a mech suit to kill some mother-fuckin' aliens sounds bitchin'!
Seeing him mount up in a mech suit to kill some mother-fuckin' aliens sounds bitchin'!
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11:56AM on 06/22/2011

Elba = Awesome.

This guy definitely falls under the list of underrated actors of our time (until now, at least). He's a damn good actor and has phenomenal screen presence. He's one of those guys that you want to keep watching because of the way he completely blends into his character. Add to the fact that Charlie Hunnam is also in Pacific Rim, I'm getting pretty excited for this gig. Great actors, awesome director, cool plot... can't wait!
This guy definitely falls under the list of underrated actors of our time (until now, at least). He's a damn good actor and has phenomenal screen presence. He's one of those guys that you want to keep watching because of the way he completely blends into his character. Add to the fact that Charlie Hunnam is also in Pacific Rim, I'm getting pretty excited for this gig. Great actors, awesome director, cool plot... can't wait!
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