Official ‘Pacific Rim’ Synopsis; Idris Elba’s Character Revealed

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:54 am,

Guillermo Del Toro Pacific Rim Synopsis Official Pacific Rim Synopsis; Idris Elbas Character Revealed

After having his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness scuttled by the Universal over budgetary concerns, Guillermo del Toro moved onto his next project, Pacific Rim – a sci-fi throwback to anime and Kaiju movies, a la Godzilla. Now, Warner Bros. has released the first official synopsis for the film, which helps (marginally) flesh out the meager premise we’ve had our hands on for nearly a year.


Scroll down to check out the official synopsis:


From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure ‘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.

It’s hard to imagine Charlie Hunnam (Undeclared, Sons of Anarchy) as anything akin to a washed-up pilot – not that he can’t play tough, he just has a very “boy-ish” look about him. Then again, maybe in the world of Pacific Rim, they start their pilots extremely young.

Idris Elba Pacific Rim Official Pacific Rim Synopsis; Idris Elbas Character Revealed

Idris Elba in 'Luther'

Indiewire notes that Idris Elba will be playing Lieutenant-Commander Stacker Pentecost – previously just “Sensei,” a role created for Tom Cruise – commanding officer of the washed-up former pilot played by Hunnam. I foresee a lot of yelling on his part.

This film sounds like it could really be a blast (what with the anime and monster movie tropes), particularly if the ensemble is a major focus. I’d very much like to see something more than supporting roles for the likes of Elba, Charlie Day, and Ron Pearlman, in spite of the importance of Hunnam and Kikuchi as mankind’s last hope.

Perhaps most interesting is the fact that this is relatively new territory for del Toro – his typical playground is more fantasy-based with an infusion of horror. The closest he’s come to science-fiction was probably Hellboy 1 and 2, which were, strictly-speaking, more fantasy and horror than sci-fi. Even Mimic, which was about monster-insects threatening mankind’s very existence, seems (aesthetically) to be in an entirely different universe from Pacific Rim.

From the monster-rampaged set of 'Pacific Rim'

Speaking of what we know – when are we going to see a trailer for this thing?

Are you guys looking forward to Pacific Rim, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.

Pacific Rim is set to hit theaters July 12th, 2013.

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Source: Indiewire

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  1. drool, drool, drool, drool, …

  2. I think Idris Elba is one of the most overlooked actors, it seems that Hollywood always talks about him and then he’s cast as a secondary character.

    • Dude, I couldn’t agree anymore with you on that one

    • I think you hit the nail on the head, Max. The man is at the TOP of my list for potential James Bonds, and here Hollywood has him, continuing to play sidekicks, unless it’s a Tyler Perry romantic comedy. [Speaking of which… The producers of “Alex Cross” completely missed the boat by casting Tyler Perry in the title role, instead of Idris Elba. This one isn’t rocket science.]

  3. Isn’t this scenario just a tad too reminiscent of GunBuster?

  4. Want. Now. *squeals in fangirlish delight*

  5. Kaiju pretty much means, “monster” and I’m sure Jaeger is just a retooling of the word, “juggernaut”. So this feels like mech vs monster mash-up. You can’t get anymore Japanese stereotypical than that.

    Could at least be a fun movie since the Japanese can’t seem to pull together a similar live action movie of any credibility.

    • “Jaeger” could stand for the German word “Jäger” and means Hunter !
      With all that Anime flair in this one i guess its more the German one,as the Japanese love to use German words in their titles and Animes !

  6. Giant mechs! Anime!

  7. I think Guillermo del Toro is a visual and story telling genius.

    I think that Idris Elba is easily one of the best actors working today.

    I also think, this will flop, badly.

    • Agree Dr. Sam..

      Apart from it won’t flop in Japan.

      • Lol, no it probably won’t. And maybe some smart marketing will draw some people in but I just don’t see the general movie going public going for something like this. It’s very specialist.

        • Transformers disagrees, Dr.

  8. Critics will try to make it flop, as usual, they don’t like movies for tired people. People who work all day and don’t want to think too hard, a comfy place to go where they can remember their unfulfilled childhood imaginations.

    I know this movie will make tons of money, and I think Del Torro simply wants to see this movie himself. Thanks Guillermo! You are a Mexican bad-ass!

    • “Critics will try to make it flop, as usual, they don’t like movies for tired people. People who work all day and don’t want to think too hard, a comfy place to go where they can remember their unfulfilled childhood imaginations”

      What like The Avengers??? Yeah, the critics really put the boot in there and sunk that ship.

      • ^ haha

  9. Sounds like Escaflowne! Love it.

  10. interested to see how Charlie Day will fit into a monsters vs. mech movie.

    i have only seen him in funny roles (Always Sunny, Horrible Bosses) does he have a serious side?

    I am not sure if i agree about this being “relatively new territory” for del Torro, monsters that he gets lots of creative design for which will certainly be visually appealing? sounds like del Torro’s thing to me….

  11. I have damn high expectations for this movie and I hope it will deliever.

  12. While I’m a huge huge del Toro fan and I’ll be seeing this on opening day I few a few concerns about casting
    1. Charlie Hunnam. I love SoA but IMO his lack of acting chops is the shows weak spot.
    2. Charlie Day. He’s funny as all heck but I’ve never seen him play anything different. In Sunny, Bosses, and Going the Distance he plays the same exact character. I assume he’s the comic relief but I guess we’ll see.
    Hopefully this will be Idris Elba’s breakout role. He’s in a lot lately but this guy deserves to be on another level.

    • I forgot the point I wanted to make about Hunnam and that is I don’t know if he has what it takes to carry a movie like this.

  13. The writer scripted Clash of the Titans? Haha so they think they can just slip one by us huh, I mean don’t get me wrong, Del Toro will of course make this look amazing…. But we all know theyre trying to rip off Evangelion (weakly) and serve it to us half arsed. Elba, Charlie, Jax and Clay sounds like a cool cast.

  14. I gotta say I totally disagree with those questioning the choice of Charlie Hunnam as lead. The guy can act. If you think otherwise then compare his performance in Queer As Folk/Undeclared to SOA. He’s a chameleon.

  15. Clash of the Titans writer? Oh no no no!
    Why a big studio like Warner couldn’t get a more talented writer for their big project like this?
    Also, Travis Beacham has only wrote 2 feature films, Clash of the Titans and Dog Days of Summer.
    I love Guilermo works, but…

  16. To all you complaining about Beacham. I’m pretty sure i was mentioned before that Del Toro wrote the original story. It seems to me he left the screenplay to someone else so he could focus on the director’s chair. Pretty smart decision if you ask me 😉

    And to all you pessimistic beings saying this will flop without even a trailer out. All I will say to you is give it time…. Del Toro will give us an amazing trailer and even if the movie flops in the US which sounds very plausible the worldwide box office will turn things around! Need I say everyone seems lost on their “First Class” of globalization? Look at XFC…. already going for the sequel with a disappointing US income. 😉

  17. Never heard of it before but it sounds interesting, will have to just wait till we see a trailer :)

  18. I’d like to see a live action Mobile Suit Gundam movie.

  19. This could be pretty awesome! Cant wait for a trailer!

  20. i like Guillermo del Toro but most of his movies are boxoffice flops

  21. Sorry folks, this one is gonna flop

  22. Saving the world is no place for a black guy. Iris will probably die in the first hour of the movie so the white guy can save the world.