New ‘Pacific Rim’ Still Features Idris Elba in Command

Published 2 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2013 at 6:50 am,

elba New Pacific Rim Still Features Idris Elba in Command

Love it or hate it, it seems everyone has an opinion when it comes to Pacific Rim, the monsters versus robots adventure hitting theaters next summer from director Guillermo del Toro. Ever since the first footage of the film was unveiled at Comic-Con this past summer, speculation about Pacific Rim – and the unique style that del Toro plans to implement in the onscreen chaos – has run rampant, reaching a fever pitch with the recent release of the trailer.

According to the official plot synopsis, Charlie Hunnam (TV’s Sons of Anarchy) and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) lead the cast as the two unlikely souls on whom the fate of the world depends. Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus) also appears as Lieutenant-Commander Stacker Pentecost, commanding officer of Hunnam’s character.

Now, thanks to Emile Eid, we have a new still from the film, featuring both Kikuchi and Elba. Check out the image below:


Idris Elba Pacific Rim Still 280x170 New Pacific Rim Still Features Idris Elba in Command


Of course, the above still doesn’t reveal much about the film, aside from an idea of what Pentecost’s command center may look like. Elba’s part – as far as we know – sounds like it will be largely limited to that of a superior officer directing the battle from the safety of a secure location while the film’s other stars will more directly engage in combat. However, given the level of secrecy surround Pacific Rim, anything’s possible.

The film’s release will signal just the latest in a long string of high-profile projects for Elba, who is also slated to return as gatekeeper Heimdall in next fall’s Thor: The Dark World. Having such a talented (and increasingly well known) actor in the cast could very well help Pacific Rim‘s chances at box office success.

With its ambitious scope, a plot that calls to mind Japanese Kaiju films and a sequel already in development, Pacific Rim may face an uphill battle in getting casual moviegoers to go along for the ride. But as far as fanboys are concerned, next summer can’t come soon enough.

Pacific Rim hits theaters (in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) on July 12th, 2013.


Source: Emile Eid

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  1. Can’t wait for Luther Series 3 ! :)
    Idris is a great actor,glad he gets more things to play !

  2. Great photo, really gives me a sense of what this movie is about! Not!

    What the hell, it’s only months away from release and this is what we are being shown, two people having a chat in the office? Lame

    Two Jagers having a chat about how they are going to own a Kaiju’s arse? Now that’s what I want to see! Sort is out marketing people

  3. Saw the trailer before watching the Hobbit. Nearly had a nerdgasm lol

  4. If marketing ramps up closer to July then it won’t matter, casuals will still see it out of curiosity (they made Battleship number 1 didn’t they, even if for a week).

    I have a massive gut feeling that Elba’s character will end up controlling a jaeger towards the end of the movie and sacrificing himself while the main characters hit the finishing blow to the creature they’re fighting.

  5. “Now you listen here. You are having my baby.”

  6. Much more interested in Rinko Kikuchi.

  7. Interested to see if casual moviegoers will like this.

    • I agree…I have a feeling it will fall into Cloud Atlas territory. I hate to say it but it might be too “foreign” for casual USA audiences. Del Toro seems to have his lovers but he misses the target on the larger, more casual, “hey, let’s check this flick out tonight” audience that is needed…especially for an FX heavy, big budget movie like this.

      • I just hope Del Toro gets the pace right, while Hellboy and Hellboy 2 were epic and looked amazing, I found myself getting restless and fidgety, with large sections dragging on between set pieces

  8. WOW! Just saw the trailer. “Today we are canceling the Apocalypse!”….Gone Mr. Elba. You’re a bad man. :)

    • I thought the Apocalypse was already cancelled a couple of weeks ago.



  10. My wife will go see anything with Charlie Hunnam. I’m sure there are many other SOA fans that are curious to see how he’ll perform in a big-budget flick.

  11. Weird, I don’t think my comment posted.

    Not gonna re-type it all but basically I commented in reply to someone by saying that Western audiences have had 20 years of Power Rangers on television amongst other shows and movies to get used to giant robots fighting giant monsters and that this isn’t as hard a sell to “casual” audiences as movies like The Terminator etc.

    Also that Cloverfield, Transformers etc did quite well at the box office so why shouldn’t this?

    • It’s the heavy use of Japanese terms that I was thinking of when I said itinerary be too “foreign”. It also takes place in Japan I think??? Not sure on that one…

    • Also, when I mentioned Cloud Atlas I meant a huge, FX movie that could go either way…loved or hated, depending on if the audience “gets it”.

  12. After seeing the preview I’m not exactly sold in this being a super hit. It just seems like a cheesy concept but, could be wrong for thinking most may find it unappealing.

    • Hey, I thought Meet The Spartans and every other unfunny parody/spoof movie and utter crap like Twilight would be found unappealing but guess what?

      They all became number 1 in the box office in various markets and made millions in profit so….

      Meanwhile awesome movies like Moon, Dredd and others go largely forgotten.

      • “DREDD” being forgotten was criminal.

        The sentence: 12 months in the cubes!

      • Moon!

  13. Cloud Atlas? Not really…this movie is made for ‘casual fans’. It is in the Godzilla, King Kong category. It is a casual fan movie. The question will be whether the quality of the movie is enough to drive the fans of that genre (action, monster, big sci-fi) to the theater and who they are competing against that week.

  14. I said it before and have to say it again,movie will be a box office bomb !
    I mean look at it..all Geeks and Nerds go crazy me included,that normally means casual movie goers not gonna get it :(

    Failure Movie,great movie for us !

    • I don’t know about a bomb,but I think it will definitely underperform at the box office.

      Remember when what happened when people nerded out over Sucker Punch? We might have a similar scenario here.

      Wait,Sucker Punch totally bombed.Well,maybe this one does have a potential to bomb as well.

      • I thought Sucker Punch looked terrible from the very first trailer. So far, the only Zack Snyder movie I’ve been able to get through without boredom setting in was Watchmen.

        Turned off 300 after 20 minutes and Sucker Punch, I got to the credits and realised there wasn’t anything else about to happen to make my wasted time worth it.

  15. Giant monsters and Robots! Google Ultra-Man & Johnny Sokko! Now dat’s some ol’ school stuff for ya’!