First Image of Idris Elba in Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM

     June 8, 2012


It’s been nearly four years since Guillermo del Toro’s last directorial project (Hellboy II), but he recently wrapped a brand new directorial effort: Pacific Rim.  The film involves “the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen” and centers on a battle between ginormous creatures and human-manned robots.  Del Toro recently talked about building several blocks of Hong Kong for the film only to demolish them all, and now the first image from Pacific Rim has landed online.  While it’s not exactly a still from a scene, it gives us our first look at star Idris Elba in his Pacific Rim costume, and we start to get a feel for the atmosphere that del Toro will be bringing to the project.  Though he only recently entered post-production, I expect we’ll get our first look at footage at Comic-Con in a couple of weeks.  You can read our recent interview with Elba, in which he talks about working on Pacific Rim, right here.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens on July 12th, 2013.

Image courtesy of the latest issue of Total Film (scan via Movie Hole).


Here’s the synopsis for Pacific Rim:

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi actionadventure “Pacific Rim.”

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.  To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.  But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.  On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.  Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) is directing “Pacific Rim” from a script by Travis Beacham (“Clash of the Titans”).  Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (“Thor”), Rinko Kikuchi (“The Brothers Bloom”), Charlie Day (“Horrible Bosses”), and Ron Perlman (the “Hellboy” films).  The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.

Del Toro’s behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award®-winning director of photography Guillermo Navarro, production designer Andrew Neskoromny, editor Peter Amundson, and costume designer Kate Hawley.

Slated for release in Summer 2013, “Pacific Rim” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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  • wacko3205

    G.I. Joe Accelerator Suits?


  • bananaman

    ripping off neon genesis evangelion AND g.i. joe in one lazy move. sounds like absolute bollocks

    • stove

      considering almost the majority of the Mecha genre is about giant creatures fighting giant robots, your observation seems to be about just as lazy, fruit pie ….mmmmm, pie.

  • Walker

    FUCK yeah….this and Man of Steel cant come soon enough!

    If they take some elements from Evangelion, even better!!!

    It may be the closest we get to a movie like that in a long long time…

  • born2bang

    Look like the first image for a Mass Effect movie. Elba as Commander Shepard.

    • Jarrett

      That’s…………………… amazing idea.

    • Matt Murdock

      Seriously, that is an amazing idea. Elba would be perfect for Shepard. Badass, heroic, and most importantly, a fantastic actor. I’d watch that in a heartbeat.

  • Chris

    Both of you are immensely fucking retarded.

    BTW, bananaman, Evangelion wasn’t the first anime to feature giant mechs battling monsters; hell, not even close.

    Why don’t you go brush up on some ‘Gunbuster’ or some of Go Nagai’s older manga works.

    Morons, the both of you.

    • BPSwanky

      Good retort, Chris. I second it! Let’s not forget Voltron.

      BTW: Guillermo del Toro a awesome director, both visually and in story composition. I’m really looking forward to his take on “monsters vs. robots.”

    • maury

      Think you may be missing the point, sonny. This movie still sounds like unoriginal garbage. AND a cop-out after the failed promise of the Mountains… adaptation.

      • Chris

        Oh, and what point would that be? You have one user erroneously comparing the suit to those awful accelerator suits in ‘GI Joe’ and then you had another comparing it to ‘Evangelion’, probably because that’s the only mecha anime that they’ve watched. What about ‘Gunbuster’? ‘The King of Braves GaoGaiGar’? ‘Diebuster’? ‘Voltron’? ‘Getter Robo’? etc;; etc;; there have been plenty of mecha anime titles to feature giant robots battling giant kaiju monsters, ‘Evangelion’ wasn’t even close to being the first anime to do it.

        As for ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, there was no “cop-out” there, you misinformed twat. Why don’t you go ask Universal how ‘Battleship’ ended up working out for them seeing as they halted production on Mountains in favor of green-lighting ‘Battleship.’ You may want to brush up on your GDT knowledge before you post, or else you’ll just get slapped upside the head like I just did to you now.

      • Deez

        Chris, wow you know so much about things. Women must find you really interesting!

    • JohnDees21

      Chris, your casual use of calling people “immensely fucking retarded” along with your incoherent rambling ironically only point to the potential that you have some sort of mental disturbance or an undiagnosed case of autism. Judging by your ranting on here, your use of the word “twat” is probably as close to one that you’ve ever been. Congratulations on your wealth of knowledge and I hope you enjoy this film as you’re probably going to be the first one in line for it. Maybe you should relax and use your energy on something more useful to yourself and society than demeaning people for not jerking it in their basement to this stuff 24-7 as you do. Feel free to comment as I already read this article and have no need to re-visit it, so anything you type in response will be will be for your own sad, sick, mind and bemusement. Enjoy!

  • Alex

    looking for that cameo appearance from Godzilla! how epic would that be???

  • mattinacan

    this movie is going to epic

  • sam

    fucking awesome!

  • ahmedjohnson

    um has anyone forgotten the power rangers?!!!!

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  • Strong Enough

    But he never goes into the Mech tho

    I read the script….

    must be a rewrite

    • Nick Hart

      shut up

      • Ray

        ha ha ha!owned.

      • Strong Enough

        you mad I got to read the script and you haven’t?

        Don’t be. I got connections :)

  • ๋Dian

    Can not wait !

  • Justin

    Just wanted to say that while some posters here have been rather tactless in their retorts to other comments left here, they are still right.

    Saying that this movie is a rip-off of Neon Genesis Evangelion is both a pointless and meaningless statement for anyone who is even remotely familiar with Japanese kaiju and mecha films/TV series, which is the sub-genre that Pacific Rim is obviously drawing influence from. These things are conventions of the genre, staples whose origins go back to the late 1950s.

    Evangelion itself drew influence from the works of Mitsuteru Yokoyama (Tetsujin 28-Go [aka Gigantor] and Giant Robo [aka Johnny Soko and his Flying Robot]) and Eiji Tsuburaya (Ultraman and Godzilla), so it too is a rip-off.

    The key to a project like this is not so much originality but innovation, improving and commenting on what came before it. Paying tribute to a legacy. All of which I’m sure del Toro will do in earnest.

    Also WB was not interested in Mountains of Madness because it was going to be a very expensive R-rated sci-fi horror film based on the work of an author, the amazing H.P. Lovecraft, whose general public awareness is very low, even after Cthulhu showed up on South Park in 2010. They were interested in this film however and so was del Toro – being a monster movie fan – so he took it. If it’s a success maybe WB will reconsider letting him do Mountains, especially after the success of Prometheus this past weekend.

    As for Elba’s battle suit, I’ve seen enough Kamen Rider, Iron Man, and other similar shows/movies/comics/video games to know that there are only so many ways you can craft an armored suit, so all things considered this looks pretty good. Also I’m sure Stephen Sommer’s hack-job of a G.I. Joe movie was the last thing on anyone’s mind who was working on this film.

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  • Justin

    Comparing this to Evangelion right away is EXTREMELY narrow. Evangelion wasn’t even good. As if Evangelion was the only giant mech fighting monsters?

    How about: Big O, Voltron, countless mechs in Dexter’s lab, Dynamo from Power Puff Girls, Megas XLR

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