First look at Idris Elba in Pacific Rim

This is our first look at Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and it shows the always cool Idris Elba in some sort of armour.

Elba is a great actor who has been doing great work in all the films he stars in. He almost stole the show as Heimdal in Thor and was fantastic as the Captain of Prometheus. I still enjoy him hunting vampires in the old TV show Ultraviolet.

Seeing him in a film involving giant Mechs fighting monsters should be brilliant.

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.

It is a scan from Total Film magazine. The armour looks great and you can see the Pacific Rim logo on his shoulder. Is anybody else thinking Mass Effect?

For those wondering about the scale of the movie here is what Guillermo del Toro had to say about it.

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.

We have to wait until 12th July 2013 to see it

Source: Total Film via CBM