June 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo Del Toro‘s much anticipated “Pacific Rim” previewed a handful of edited scenes this past weekend, and we were there to sample what was on offer. There are no real spoilers contained here, as Del Toro was kind enough to edit these scenes so even us journalists attending weren’t hugely spoiled by his epic sci-fi film, but if you want to go into “Pacific Rim” without knowing details about specific scenes, stop reading now!
In his intro, Del Toro described “Pacific Rim” as “gothic tech.” The footage shown was extremely action-heavy and unfortunately we didn’t get to see much from Charlie Hunnam in his first potentially major breakout film role, but what we did see was a wonderful mix of explosive summer blockbuster mixed with del Toro’s signature style.
June 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-busy Emma Stone has departed Guillermo Del Toro’s haunted house horror pic “Crimson Peak” over a scheduling issue, and the probably just as busy Mia Wasikowska is now in talks to replace her, according to The Wrap. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain and Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam are already part of the stellar young cast.
With this new cast addition also comes our first semblance of plot details, with The Wrap detailing that Wasikowska – pending scheduling working out – is up for the role of a young writer named Edith who discovers her new husband is not who he appears to be. It’s unclear if Hunnam will be her husband, but Cumberbatch and Chastain will play a pair of siblings from an aristocratic family. This is sounding more like a period piece to us with these new descriptions. Del Toro wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon and production is slated for early 2014.
Wasikowska recently departed Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria”, presumably in order to do David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” and Todd Haynes’ “Carol” opposite Cate Blanchett, both of which will film this year. She just premiered Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive” at Cannes and also has Australian outback drama “Tracks” and Dostoyevsky adaptation “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg awaiting release.
May 28, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
It’s been five years since Guillermo del Toro‘s last directorial effort so hopes are high for “Pacific Rim“, his long-awaited alien vs. robots pic starring Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba.
Previous trailers and footage have given us a glimpse at the scale of the film which follows Hunnam, Elba and Rinko Kikuchi, three human characters who are tasked with piloting gigantic robots/weapons, called Jaegers, to battle dinosaur-like aliens called Kaiju’s, who have invaded Earth – not from the stars, but from beneath the sea.
Now two new images via Empire Magazine showcase just how ridiculously huge in scale these aliens are! In one of the images we see the Jaeger and Kaiju go up againt each other, and in the second we are just aboutable to make out two human characters standing atop their ship – dwarfed by the size of the Kaiju in front of them.
Click below to see the images. Del Toro’s sci-fi epic is out on July 12th in 3D and Imax cinemas.
April 29, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited alien film “Pacific Rim” is set for release this summer and today del Toro has released the footage which was previously shown at this year’s WonderCon – to a hugely positive response – to everyone else, stating “This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”
Enjoy we will! In this new extended preview Charlie Hunnam leads a voiceover, stating “Alien life. They came from deep beneath the Pacific. The first made land in San Francisco. The Jaeger program was born. Two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the bodies of machines. We started winning. Then it all changed. They counted on the humans to hide; to fail. They never considered we’d rise to the challenge.”
Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba join Hunnam in battle against gigantic dinosaur-like aliens who have arrived from beneath the sea on July 12th 2013. “Pacific Rim” will be avaiable in 3D and Imax theaters.
April 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Guillermo Del Toro continues to assemble an incredibly impressive young cast for his haunted house horror flick “Crimson Peak”, with Variety reporting Jessica Chastain is the latest to move in, joining the previously announced Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam and Benedict Cumberbatch.
There are no plot details available other than to say it involves a haunted house, but with Del Toro and this cast, who needs ‘em, really? Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. With such a hot cast, all busy with other projects for the foreseeable future, filming on “Crimson Peak” isn’t expected to begin until February of 2014.
Chastain, who first starred alongside Stone in 2011′s massive hit “The Help”, earned her first Oscar nomination for that film and then her second one this year for “Zero Dark Thirty.” She’s also worked with Del Toro before, as he produced January’s surprise horror hit “Mama.” She’s sought after for the role of Jane in David Yates’ new adaptation of “Tarzan”, but negotiations on that are ongoing and nowhere near finalized yet. In the meantime she’s committed to her first and only role since her second Oscar nomination, an adaptation of the August Strindberg play “Miss Julie” opposite Colin Farrell that Liv Ullman will direct.
April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Guillermo del Toro has already cast Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in his upcoming haunted house horror film “Crimson Peak“, and now he’s found another actor looking to try a new genre. Fast rising British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the pic, surely making him one of the most in-demand British actors in Hollywood at the moment.
Variety reports that the film is set to start shooting early in 2014 and there’s still no word on plot details. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins‘ original script is currently going through a rewrite by Lucinda Coxon.
The star of BBC’S “Sherlock” series for which he is currently filming a third season, Cumberbatch will play the still-unnamed villian of this summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”, one of his first major high profile roles for international audiences. Earlier this year he filmed Bill Condon’s biopic “The Fifth Estate“, which also stars Anthony Mackie, Daniel Bruhl and Alica Vikander, and is based on two books which tell the tale of the Wikileaks team founder Julian Assange. He is also in talks to star in an adaptation of “The Turing Game”, a biopic of the tortured WWII genius.
January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a somewhat unpredictable year in which the stars we expected to break out largely didn’t but fresh faces came out of nowhere to surprise us all, we are ready to look ahead to the new talent waiting to be discovered in 2013. It’s looking like a strong year with plenty of hopeful action stars ready to debut to the world for the first time and some who have been quietly working hard finally seeing their films released. As always, there’s a mix of names you’ve never heard of with some who are ready to hit another level in their rising career, so without further ado, here are 20 names and faces we will be watching this year.
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January 18, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We won’t see how Charlie Hunnam does in “Pacific Rim” until this summer, but director Guillermo Del Toro is clearly pleased with what he’s seen so far. Variety reports the duo are keen to work together again and Hunnam has begun negotiating to join Del Toro’s next feature, a haunted house horror film called “Crimson Peak.”
There are no plot details vailable, but the film already has Emma Stone in talks to join the cast as well. Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. With Del Toro, Stone and Hunnam all busy with other projects for the foreseeable future, filming on “Crimson Peak” isn’t expected to begin until February of 2014.
Hunnam, who has appeared in “Cold Mountain” and “Children of Men”, is most known for his starring role on hit FX series “Sons of Anarchy”, which is now heading into its sixth season. He last appeared on the big screen opposite Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana in violent crime thriller “Deadfall.” Thanks to his role in “Pacific Rim”, he has become increasingly attractive to studios looking to cast rising stars in big projects. Most recently he was considered for the titular role in David Yates’ “Tarzan.”
December 12, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Who better to usher in what could be the next great monster movie? Today the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s highly anticipated alien invasion epic “Pacific Rim” has been released, and it’s like Transformers meets Cloverfield meets Godzilla meets the Avengers, which means the internet will be going nuts for it.
Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba lead the cast of human characters who are tasked with piloting gigantic robots/weapons when gigantic dinosaur-like aliens invade Earth, not from the stars, but from beneath the sea. On the plus side, t looks like it’s got all the exciting and grand scale makings of a big summer blockbuster, but on the down side, it looks about as generic a summer blockbuster as you can imagine. That being said, Del Toro certainly gets the benefit of the doubt and we are still very much looking forward to this one.
“Pacific Rim” will be released on July 11, 2013 and the first trailer can be viewed below.
November 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
He gave up a project that sounded awesome for this? Frequent “Harry Potter” director David Yates has finally committed to his next film for Warner Bros, and Vulture reports it won’t be a psychological drama with Hermione Emma Watson, but rather a live-action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan.”
Yates only committed to the project this Monday, so a cast is far from being finalized, but of course the search for Tarzan has already begun. Vulture reports Yates will be meeting with up and coming actors like “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard, new “Man of Steel” Superman Henry Cavill and “Pacific Rim” soldier Charlie Hunnam for the role of the boy who is raised by apes and grows up in the jungle. Additionally, Warner Bros seems keen on the idea of Tom Hardy swinging around in a loincloth, but it’s unclear if he reciprocates their enthusiasm for this project. Clearly, the filmmakers are set on bringing a particular kind of manly, gritty edge to their Tarzan, and we have to agree this is the way to go.
We can almost assume off the bat Hardy’s not going to be interested, especially with how increasingly in demand he becomes with each passing movie, but the others certainly could still stand to gain from headlining a major studio blockbuster – unless it ends up like the last Burroughs property translated to the big screen. Pre-”John Carter”, we bet Taylor Kitsch would have been on Yates’ list as well, but a bomb that size has done at least some damage to his prospects. All this to say, it’s a gamble, but for Skarsgard, Hunnam and Cavill, it’s probably worth it at this stage in their careers.