Rob Kazinsky, Willem Dafoe Joining Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

July 29, 2011
Source: Variety

Rob Kazinsky & Willem Dafoe

More casting arriving for Guillermo del Toro's monster-sci-fi Pacific Rim, the project he's developing at Legendary Pictures. Variety is the latest to report that Rob Kazinsky ("EastEnders", "Brothers & Sisters", Red Tails) has joined as "a member of the team trying to defeat the invaders." But the more exciting news is that Willem Dafoe is also "in early talks" to join. Dafoe would play a "rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures," which sounds like the perfect character for him. Production is expected to begin this fall. Max Martini was also cast this week, joining Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day in this sci-fi epic.

As a recap, Travis Beacham's screenplay for Pacific Rim is set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien creatures who reside in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Early word is that the humans build gigantic, highly advanced tactical robots to fight the monsters and battle from each side of the Pacific. Del Toro continues to hype up the project, saying at Comic-Con that "the scale is enormous and I'm just a big kid having fun" and that he's going to deliver the "biggest giant monster movie ever made." I can only hope he pulls that off! I've been rather unimpressed with his cast so far (Hunnam? Day?), but with Willem Dafoe joining the group, things are starting to look up. We'll keep you updated on Pacific Rim as Guillermo continues casting!

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