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

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

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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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.


Yay for Idris! Definitely a good look!


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

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


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.


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.


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


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

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