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12 Jul. 2013

PACIFIC RIM is a monster fest!

Idris Elba as "Stacker Pentecost" in PACIFIC RIM

Idris Elba as “Stacker Pentecost” in PACIFIC RIM

Strong male personalities cast in “do or die” dilemmas will always have a home at Legendary Pictures which has brought you a string of successful films including: “42” starring Chadwick Boseman as baseball great Jackie Robinson; “300” starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas; “The Dark Knight” Batman franchise with Morgan Freeman; “The Hangover” franchise with Bradley Cooper; “Due Date” with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx; “The Town” with two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck and; “Man of Steel” with Harry Lennix, Jr and Laurence Fishburne.42 poster300 with Gerard ButlerMorgan Freeman

Visionary film producer Thomas Tull’s macho man imprint is in full effect in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures PACIFIC RIM, from acclaimed filmmaker and Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”).

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

Tull along with Legendary Pictures’ Jon Jashni, del Toro and Mary Parent are producing PACIFIC RIM, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.


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.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

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.

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 Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Brad William Henke and Diego Klattenhoff.

PACIFIC RIM is  theaters July 12th.

Thomas Tull, Legendary Pictures' executive

Thomas Tull, Legendary Pictures’ executive

This gigantic movie has broad international appeal and harkens back to those early monster versus monster, creature from the swamp, black lagoon era. PACIFIC RIM's Idris ElbaAsked if this is what he set out to do, Tull replied, “Yes, honestly from the standpoint of wish fulfillment, Guillermo and I sat and talked about this. The idea that–especially if you’re 12 years old–you and your co-pilot had save the world and literally fight monsters; we thought that was awesome.

“So that was really our desire from the beginning, to tell the story that had universal appeal, that everybody could understand–the globe had to come together for a common cause.  I also loved the idea that everybody thought the invasion of the monsters would come from up there (pointing toward outer space) and instead they came from underneath.”

Tull told of his love for the genre dating back to childhood. “I’m a huge Godzilla fan and that whole universe. When I was a kid they used to show those type films the day after Thanksgiving…they would show all day Godzilla movies, King Kong movies, Mothra, everything!  Those films certainly had an influence.  Having the opportunity to team with Guillermo and his design team was very appealing.”

He continued, “Our goal was to avoid making a derivative film rather to come up with original creatures. We worked with Carnegie MellonPACIFIC RIM 3 University which has an outstanding robotics department.”

Layering the nuance of the film, San Francisco is a key backdrop as the epicenter of the battle between the creatures.  The City by The Bay brought a different texture to the look of PACIFIC RIM. Of this location choice, Tull teased, “Well, New York gets picked on all the time. There are so many visual aspects available –both in terms of the topography of San Francisco and just things that you recognize right away– that we thought it was their turn to be picked on. One of my favorite scenes in this film is seeing the Golden Gate Bridge being taken down by the monsters; it was just a great place to shoot as a part of this film’s history.”


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