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First Official Picture from Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim

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We've known for a while that Guillermo del Toro's big monster movie Pacific Rim is about giant robots (piloted by humans) fighting giant monsters — but now here's your first look at one of the robot pilots.


Take a look at Idris Elba in his robot pilot suit. He's playing the character named Stacker Pentecost — and what a name that is. The picture comes from an interview with GDT in Total Film, in which the the director calls this production, "the best experience I've had in Hollywood." And he goes on to talk about all the monster destruction we're going to see:

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.


Could this be the kaiju/mecha smackdown we've all been waiting for?

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Annalee Newitz

First Prometheus, now this. Idris Elba is the new awesomesauce!