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It's Official! Idris Elba Will Star In Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (Black Superhero Next?)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 22, 2011 3:20 AM
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Looks like Guillermo del Toro got his man! It's now been confirmed that Idris Elba will take over for Tom Cruise to star in what's being described as an epic sci-fi film - aka Pacific Rim - a movie that's "set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth," and thus "the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace."

Elba will play the lead character known as "Sensi," alongside Son of Anarchy's Charlie Hunnam, with principal photography set to begin in November.

There's definitely growing Hollywood interest in Idris - from Ridley Scott's secretive sci-fi project, Prometheus, which is currently shooting in the UK, to Django Unchained rumors, and now del Toro's Pacific Rim. These are all fairly large projects with big name directors.

He's also in the upcoming Ghost Rider sequel.

Also recall he has a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios, which may see him cast in any of a few rumored black superhero franchises - from Luke Cage, to Black Panther, to aBlade reboot.

Travis Beacham wrote the screenplay for Pacific Rim, and Legendary Pictures' Jon Jashni and Thomas Tull are producing.

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  • ladyb | June 24, 2011 7:11 AMReply

    Lead character!! Hot damn! **screams*** bout friggin time too.

    But why Ghost Rider? I know u gotta pay the bills but Dris you coulda passed on that shit.

  • misha | June 23, 2011 1:10 AMReply

    Yay for Idris! Definitely a good look!

  • MsLoupejournalista | June 22, 2011 11:28 AMReply

    Ohh finally I knew this day would come Idris getting the opportunity too really shine!!! I loved Pan's Labyrinth so I know Del Toro will make a masterpiece!!! My man is doing his thing!!

  • jessie's girl | June 22, 2011 10:09 AMReply

    OMG Monique you are a mess!!! But I am right there with you girl ;) Kudos to Idris!

  • BluTopaz | June 22, 2011 5:38 AMReply

    Monique I was thinking the same damn thing (re: Idris anyway) but didn't want to be regarded as sexist-lol. If this film looks as phenomenal as Pan's Labryinth it will be more Oscar considerations for del Toro.

  • Zeus | June 22, 2011 5:19 AMReply

    Del Toro is one of the best directors out there. Further proof that Idris's stock is rising. Good for him! It's good to see talent and smarts rewarded.

  • Steven | June 22, 2011 5:02 AMReply

    Nothing against Tarantino but I'm glad to see he went with Del Toro's Pacific Rim.

  • Monique | June 22, 2011 4:44 AMReply

    Hot diggity dawg! *cabbage patch, cabbage patch* Idris and Hunnam, an instant orgasm for me!

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