Guillermo del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim' & Delivers First Look at Idris Elba
by Ethan Anderton
June 8, 2012
We've still got over a year before Guillermo del Toro's action-packed sci-fi romp Pacific Rim hits theaters in 2013, and that's why we've yet to see a single shot from the film. However, that changes today as the first official shot of Idris Elba in full costume has been unveiled. In the film, humans are forced to deploy massive robots called jaegers in order to fight legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, which started rising from the sea, and started a war that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. Elba looks pretty bad-ass, and Guillermo del Toro also talked about the film.
The good news is that after the failure of both bringing his take on The Hobbit to life and also At the Mountains of Madness most recently, del Toro calls working on Pacific Rim, "the best creative experience I've ever had in Hollywood." In a film that is sure to have plenty of visual effects, del Toro commented on how they're using practical effects on set to make their shooting, mostly the physicality of the robots fighting and the destruction, feel genuine on screen. Del Toro explains:
"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."
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) is directing Pacific Rim from a script by Travis Beacham. The film follows a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi), who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger, a massive robot designed to fight legions of monstrous creatures known as Kaiju, which started rising from the sea years ago. They stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. The film also stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day and Clifton Collins Jr. and Warner Bros. sends the film to theaters everywhere on July 12th, 2013. Excited?