1st look at Guillermo del Toro's monster-mashing sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim

Someone's been bitten by the sci-fi bug, and his name is Idris Elba. After appearing in this month's Prometheus, the actor's moving on to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. And we've discovered the first official photo of Elba in costume as Stacker Pentecost.

This image made its debut in Total Film Magazine, alongside an interview with del Toro. The director revealed that Pacific Rim will feature lots of destruction and carnage:

"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 centers 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."

Here's the film's official synopsis:

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.

Pacific Rim opens in theaters July 12, 2013. So ... how does it look?

(via Moviehole)

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