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?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
ever wondered if idris elba was robocop
Dpramroop on Jun 8, 2012
Never thought of that, but looking at that pic it would have been really interesting!
levrock on Jun 8, 2012
This is gonna be awesome.
Lamar on Jun 8, 2012
The suits amost a bit Evangelion there. Look forward to watching it.
Crapola on Jun 8, 2012
"What does it accelerate?" "You."
Scotty97 on Jun 8, 2012
oh hell yeah. Now show me a stammering-sci-fi-Charlie Day uh,uh,uh...whaddyacallit—PIC!
Voice of Reason on Jun 8, 2012
Amazing gi joe pic
Toonfed on Jun 8, 2012
This is now my most anticipated movie next year. I hear this movie is gonna be so epic according to someone who's read the script, that we've never seen a movie on this scale ever! I hear there's going to be a teaser before TDKR, something on the lines of like when Cloverfield came out years ago...
jah p on Jun 8, 2012
Don't see how people are connecting this suit to the one in the first GI Joe movie. That was an all encased, silver Iron Man like suit... this is body armor and black. Sooo where is that coming from?
DaftBot on Jun 8, 2012
Xerxexx on Jun 8, 2012
Having read the script, this image doesn't even scratch the surface of insanity that this film will be.
salinger on Jun 8, 2012
nah, he looks like commander shepard! n7 armor all the way across the sky!
Max on Jun 8, 2012
mooreworthy on Jun 8, 2012
si1ver on Jun 8, 2012
He could easily sell that movie!
McWilly on Jun 8, 2012
Oops I forgot that would conflict with Thor for Marvel Avengers movies....
McWilly on Jun 8, 2012
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