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Willem Dafoe and Rob Kazinsky head to the Pacific Rim; Robert Patrick replaces Bryan Cranston in Gangster Squad

Jul. 29, 2011by: George Merchan

Got a couple of quick casting notes to toss your way this morning. First up, Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots extravaganza PACIFIC RIM is in the process of adding two more to its ranks.

According to Variety, actor Rob Kazinsky (RED TAILS, "EastEnders") has been confirmed to take on the role of a member of the team tasked with defeating the film's giant beasts. Meanwhile, the always wonderful Willem Dafoe (JOHN CARTER) is said to be in talks to play "a rogue scientist" with expert knowledge of the oceanic threat. If "rogue scientist" is anything like "mad scientist", then Dafoe will be perfect.

The film, from a script by Travis Beacham (CLASH OF THE TITANS), takes place in the alternate future of 2025 where huge beasts have begun emerging from a portal found somewhere deep within the Pacific Ocean. To fight the threat, teams of pilots are trained to operate giant mechanized suits of armor outfitted with high-tech weaponry. Seriously, release some concept art RIGHT NOW, Guillermo! Por favor!

PACIFIC RIM - starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and Max Martini - is expected to begin production this fall.

Back now to our regular non-monster-filled earth, Variety is reporting a small casting shake-up with Ruben Fleischer's police period drama GANGSTER SQUAD. "Breaking Bad" actor Bryan Cranston, originally up for the part of a "a laconic LAPD officer from Texas who enforces the law ambitiously" has dropped out (due to a scheduling conflict with Ben Affleck's ARGO) and been replaced by former T-1000 Robert Patrick. Yay or nay to that decision?

GANGSTER SQUAD, based on Paul Lieberman's seven-part LA Times series Tales From the Gangster Squad, chronicles the LAPD's struggle with increasing crime and corruption in the 1940s by forming an elite police task force to keep East Coast organized crime figures out of Los Angeles. The film stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Michael Pea, Holt McCallany, Giovanni Ribisi, and the recently added Emma Stone.
Extra Tidbit: I'm struggling to think of any good Robert Patrick films outside of T2 and perhaps COP LAND. Any viewing suggestions?
Source: Variety

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12:55PM on 07/30/2011
Patrick had a solid role on The Sopranos in Season 2. Multi episode part.
Patrick had a solid role on The Sopranos in Season 2. Multi episode part.
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12:26PM on 07/29/2011
I have nothing against Robert Patrick, but anytime the phrase "replaces Bryan Cranston" is used, it upsets me.
I have nothing against Robert Patrick, but anytime the phrase "replaces Bryan Cranston" is used, it upsets me.
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10:58AM on 07/29/2011
Robert Patrick is the man.
Robert Patrick is the man.
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10:01AM on 07/29/2011

the thing is...

If you want to see robert Patrick be good in a movie, you can pick anything he's done. If you want to see Robert Patrick IN a good movie, your choices are limited. The man is cool as hell, a consumate pro and is always a mark of quality in everything he does. My advice, rent episodes of The Unit, and you can't go wrong with walk the line
If you want to see robert Patrick be good in a movie, you can pick anything he's done. If you want to see Robert Patrick IN a good movie, your choices are limited. The man is cool as hell, a consumate pro and is always a mark of quality in everything he does. My advice, rent episodes of The Unit, and you can't go wrong with walk the line
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9:23AM on 07/29/2011

Not afraid to admit my man-crush on Robert Patrick

Been a big fan of his (and his brother) ever since he stepped in on The X-Files. I'll be sure to check him out in Gangster Squad.

Extra Tidbit: Bridge To Terabithia is pretty good, and I thought Robert did a good job with his supporting roles in Walk The Line, and The Faculty.
Been a big fan of his (and his brother) ever since he stepped in on The X-Files. I'll be sure to check him out in Gangster Squad.

Extra Tidbit: Bridge To Terabithia is pretty good, and I thought Robert did a good job with his supporting roles in Walk The Line, and The Faculty.
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8:07AM on 07/29/2011
Die Hard II
Walk the Line
are the only ones I can think of
Die Hard II
Walk the Line
are the only ones I can think of
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7:55AM on 07/29/2011
Patrick is pretty good in D-Tox (with Stallone) too.
Patrick is pretty good in D-Tox (with Stallone) too.
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7:50AM on 07/29/2011
Robert Patrick! Go to Pacific Rim! We need more awesomeness!!!
Robert Patrick! Go to Pacific Rim! We need more awesomeness!!!
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