Judging by its build up, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is set to be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, b-rimming with gigantic robots known as Jaegers who are tasked with combating an attack from alien force, the “Kaiju”.
But in the latest trailer the epic remote-controlled machines play second fiddle to Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost who delivers a rousing piece of dialogue, urging mankind to take a stand against their extra-terrestrial enemy.
The Pan Pacific Defense Corps commanding officer recruits washed up pilot Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunman) and untested trainee Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to resurrect a legendary Jaeger from the past. Together, the pair represent humanity’s only hope for avoiding the oncoming apocalypse.
While previous trailers have given the stage to the robots, this footage belongs to Elba whose call to arms looks rather good indeed…
Also starring former EastEnders actor Rob Kazinsky alongside Ron Perlman and Charlie Day, Pacific Rim is due for UK release on 12 July 2013.
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