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06.08.2012by:

The first image from Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming sci-fi action flick PACIFIC RIM has a geared-up Idris Elba looking especially bad ass and ready to kill some monsters.  Elba, along with Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins, Jr., Rinko Kikuchi, and Heather Doerskin star as "Jaeger" pilots fighting a destructive monster invasion that kills off millions of people.

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I've been looking forward to seeing some images (and footage) from PACIFIC RIM as it's one of my most anticipated films for 2013.  I'm excited to see Charlie Hunnam get the lead for a big-budge picture like this as he's simply outstanding in the FX series Sons of Anarchy and an untapped resources for leading man status.  With Elba and Perlman in the mix it only sweetens the deal. 

Director Guillermo Del Toro expressed his happiness with the process of making the film by saying, “So much of the creation of the movie was having the best creative experience I’ve ever had in Hollywood."  

In an interview with Total Film, Del Toro ellaborated on a few other details about the film, including the scale and the casting of Hunnam:

What sort of scale are you working on?
"When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings.

We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this."


How did Charlie Hunnam get cast?
"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."

Here's the synopsis:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

PACIFIC RIM is set to start laying the mechanized smack-down on July 12, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Charlie Hunnam still has at least two more seasons of Sons of Anarchy to wrap up, but after that I'd love to see him continue his jump to leading man status with some action and/or superhero flicks. It goes without saying the Idris Elba needs a superhero role, like, yesterday.
Source: MovieholeTotal Film

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12:28PM on 06/08/2012

Badass Elba!

Alien: "It's over human!"

Charlie Day: "THIS ISN'T OVER TILL I SAY IT'S OVER!!!"
Alien: "It's over human!"

Charlie Day: "THIS ISN'T OVER TILL I SAY IT'S OVER!!!"
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11:10AM on 06/08/2012
I love Charlie Day's "Holy shit, how did I get here" look on his face.
I love Charlie Day's "Holy shit, how did I get here" look on his face.
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11:22AM on 06/08/2012
That's Black Panther right there
That's Black Panther right there
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6:56PM on 06/08/2012
Charlie mother fuckin' Day
Charlie mother fuckin' Day
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12:25PM on 06/08/2012
For anyone saying that Idris Elba should be Black Panther, you really don't see him being Heimdall within the established Thor/Avengers universe being a major casting issue?
For anyone saying that Idris Elba should be Black Panther, you really don't see him being Heimdall within the established Thor/Avengers universe being a major casting issue?
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2:30PM on 06/08/2012
Chris Evans portrayed two characters in the Marvel universe:

*Johnny Storm

*Captain America

Chris Evans portrayed two characters in the Marvel universe:

*Johnny Storm

*Captain America

11:55AM on 06/08/2012
CAN. NOT. WAIT. AMAZING cast. Brilliant cast, with a brilliant director- This is going to be amazing.
CAN. NOT. WAIT. AMAZING cast. Brilliant cast, with a brilliant director- This is going to be amazing.
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10:47PM on 06/08/2012
Can't wait for this movie Idris Elba is badass liked him in Prometheus. This should be awesome.
Can't wait for this movie Idris Elba is badass liked him in Prometheus. This should be awesome.
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11:41PM on 06/08/2012
I don't get the thumbs down
I don't get the thumbs down
8:22PM on 06/08/2012

Guess the Joblo crew isnt always on the same page!

Cause Jim Law and Moreno have made it pretty clear on the Joblo podcast, that they fucking hate Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy! I only know Charlie from Undeclared and Hooligans and I liked him in both. Anyway looking forward to this film very much! Also Im drunk like fuck right now and just saw Chernobyl Diaries. Biggest piece of shit Ive seen in years, avoid at all cost!!!
Cause Jim Law and Moreno have made it pretty clear on the Joblo podcast, that they fucking hate Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy! I only know Charlie from Undeclared and Hooligans and I liked him in both. Anyway looking forward to this film very much! Also Im drunk like fuck right now and just saw Chernobyl Diaries. Biggest piece of shit Ive seen in years, avoid at all cost!!!
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1:26PM on 06/08/2012
This is gonna be some anime style ass kicking brought to life.
This is gonna be some anime style ass kicking brought to life.
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11:36AM on 06/08/2012

day..

i will wager a my left arm that charlie day's character buys the farm in this movie.
i will wager a my left arm that charlie day's character buys the farm in this movie.
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2:58AM on 06/09/2012

Pacific Mass Effect

I will watch anything from Guillermo. The Strain Trilogy was great read. Got a weird flash seeing Iris, he could double for Jacob from ME2 in that suit
I will watch anything from Guillermo. The Strain Trilogy was great read. Got a weird flash seeing Iris, he could double for Jacob from ME2 in that suit
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6:37PM on 06/08/2012
Amazing. Can't wait to see some footage.
Amazing. Can't wait to see some footage.
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1:15PM on 06/08/2012
Wow, nice suit
Wow, nice suit
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1:13PM on 06/08/2012

Pacific Rim - Job

This looks great.
Del Toro will show the people involved with "Battleship" how to make a real Alien movie.
This looks great.
Del Toro will show the people involved with "Battleship" how to make a real Alien movie.
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10:37AM on 06/10/2012
As a Sons fan will be interesting to see Hunham and Perlman working together outside of the show. As for Elba, they should reboot Green Lantern and cast Elba as John Stewart.
As a Sons fan will be interesting to see Hunham and Perlman working together outside of the show. As for Elba, they should reboot Green Lantern and cast Elba as John Stewart.
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5:11AM on 06/09/2012
Definitely has a Mass Effect vibe to it.
Definitely has a Mass Effect vibe to it.
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1:10PM on 06/08/2012

Hi, Commander Shepard

Well holy shit. If someone didn't tell me where that shot was from I would have guessed a leaked photo from a Mass Effect movie had been found and they cast Idris as Shepard (which I would totally be cool with, btw, who cares if it doesn't match up with the Mark Meer Shep) or Jacob.

Anyone else get that vibe?
Well holy shit. If someone didn't tell me where that shot was from I would have guessed a leaked photo from a Mass Effect movie had been found and they cast Idris as Shepard (which I would totally be cool with, btw, who cares if it doesn't match up with the Mark Meer Shep) or Jacob.

Anyone else get that vibe?
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11:13AM on 06/08/2012

This looks good

GDT has never let me down. Also, if there is any truth to the rumor Idris needs to become Black Panther, yesterday!
GDT has never let me down. Also, if there is any truth to the rumor Idris needs to become Black Panther, yesterday!
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2:10PM on 06/08/2012
So this is a sequel to "GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra"? (it does look a lot like the Joe's Accelartor suits)

All kidding aside, I am stoked for this.
So this is a sequel to "GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra"? (it does look a lot like the Joe's Accelartor suits)

All kidding aside, I am stoked for this.
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8:23PM on 06/08/2012
Yeah man, they´re gonna reshoot for a year for the 3d conversion and more Channing Tatum!
Yeah man, they´re gonna reshoot for a year for the 3d conversion and more Channing Tatum!
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