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:


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