First look at Idris Elba in Sci-fi epic ‘Pacific Rim’ (Photo)

Idris Elba in 'Pacific Rim'

British thespian Idris Elba is riding a wave of popularity in the sci-fi genre as of late with roles in some of the most technically advanced films of the 21st century. On the heels of the USA theatrical opening of Ridley Scott‘s new Sci-fi epic Prometheus, Warner Brothers has released a first look image of Elba as a futuristic Lieutenant in the highly-anticipated Guillermo Del Toro sci-fi pic Pacific Rim. The film synopsis reads:

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.

In an interview with Vulture, the actor divulged more information on his character in the film. “He’s yet another man of authority, but this time much higher up. He’s the head of the army and the army is the essential fighting force against these monsters. The world is crumbled and this alien lived underneath the surface of the Earth for a long time. Our only defense has been these massive robots that fight back — they’re basically tanks that are put together to look like men and can walk,” said Elba. “I play the leader of that sort of movement. Then we lose our funding, basically, and the world decides to build walls around countries, which basically means the rich can get in and the poor can’t. So our characters go, “No. We’re going to fight this our way.” It could be a box-standard, fight-against-the-aliens sort of film, but not with Guillermo.”

Pacific Rim is scheduled to hit theaters on July 12th, 2013.

(Photo credit: Total Film Mag/Warner Brothers)

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