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.
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.
July 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
After a quick stop in the real world for teen drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, it seems “Harry Potter” series star Emma Watson is eager to step back into the dark and fantastical realm that she’s so familiar with. ComingSoon.net reports the actress is attached to star in a new adaptation of classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, and at the steering wheel is visionary sci-fi director Guillermo del Toro.
Details are scarce as the project appears to be in its early stages, with “Crazy Stupid Love” producer Denise di Novi only recently telling CS that she’s in development on the project with del Toro. The director, of course, will be busy for the next several months as he gears up to shoot the highly ambitious sci-fi epic “Pacific Rim”, starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba and Charlie Day as soldiers who operate giant robots in a war against an alien attack.
As for Watson, her schedule is all clear with “Perks” having wrapped a couple of weeks ago and publicity commitments to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ done (and to great effect – the film just had the biggest box office opening weekend of all time). She’ll next be seen in what could be a star-making turn, as Eddie Redmayne’s love interest in “My Week with Marilyn”, opening this fall.
May 10, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Guillermo del Toro has chosen a leader of the human resistance in his ambitious alien invasion epic “Pacific Rim”, reports THR. FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam is the first to sign on the the film about powerful extraterritorial aliens who invade countries situated on the edges of the Pacific Ocean. In retaliation and to protect the planet, humans invent man-powered giant robots to combat the invasion. Speculation has Hunnam playing the pilot of one of these new weapons slash vehicles, described in detail by one website thusly: “The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier. The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared ‘pons’ experience. After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow ‘leftover,’ 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori.”
Plot details are being kept tight under wraps, though several months ago some potential plot details were uncovered, describing the film as taking place on two worlds: “The first [world] is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after an historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second [world] is ‘The Anteverse,’ another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.” [