Idris Elba Being Lined Up for Guillermo del Toro's Sci-Fi 'Pacific Rim'

June 6, 2011
Source: The Wrap

Idris Elba

Last month we saw him decked out in gold, in a role that should've been much bigger, as the all-seeing Heimdall in Marvel's adaptation of Thor, but now it sounds like Idris Elba will really get in on some action soon. The Wrap reports Elba is apparently the frontrunner for Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi flick Pacific Rim. No official deal is in place yet, but it sounds like Legendary Pictures is keen on having him alongside rising star Charlie Hunnam in a story set in a future in which an alien attack threatens the existence of earth and humans must battle the nasty and brutal creatures by piloting giant robots. Yep, it sounds quite awesome.

Elba is certainly an actor deserving of a major role in a big budget film like this, and I hope his involvement with Pacific Rim actually comes to fruition. However, there's also been rumors that he's in contention for a role in Quentin Tarantino's next film Django Unchained, of course Will Smith has also been linked to that, so we'll see what happens. Elba is currently working on another high profile sci-fi flick with a supporting role in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, and we'll also catch a glimpse of him in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at Comic-Con next month. Sounds like he's finally getting the roles and recognition he deserves.

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  • Cody W.
    Gonna be hard shaking Heimdall off when I see him in other roles now heh. Goddamn he was great in Thor.
    • you mean hard to shake off Stringer Bell
      • Cody W.
        Ive shaken off my Wire syndrome. Game of thrones could knock that off its "best series ever" mantle, thats right I said it.  
  • Malarson2
    I agree…his eyes were golden like his armor. Although I'm sure that's not what you remember about him. :) Hate those kind of movies…LOVED that movie.
  • easy company
    i just wish he is alex cross.its like he was made for that role...
  • jah p
    Idris is such a versatile actor, he's good in everything he does...
  • Quazzimotto
    Solid actor and fantastic news with him joining this film. He would be great in Django and honestly I wouldn't be upset to see him star. The man's a stud.
    • Anonymous
      He's damned good--I agree with that.  Liked him in THOR (remember all the moans and groans about "how dare they cast a black man in this role"?), and thought that he was fantastic in LUTHOR.
  • Lebowski
    Stringer Bell gon get that paper.
  • Lamar
    I will literally watch anything with Idris Elba in it. Absolutely love Luthor, and his role in Thor too.




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