First 'Pacific Rim' Clip: Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba Face Off

Thursday, 27 June 2013 13:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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First 'Pacific Rim' Clip: Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba Face Off

Yeah, yeah, Pacific Rim is built on a solid foundation of giant monsters and equally huge robots getting in dust-ups that level entire cities.

But the first official clip from Guillermo del Toro's monster mash shows a confrontation that's even bigger than any Kaiju-Jaeger showdown: a tense face-off between Jax Teller and Stringer Bell.

That's right, Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, both of whom have famously played charismatic characters to perfection on cable television series, apparently don't get along in Pacific Rim.  Hunnam currently stars as Jax on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, while Elba portrayed Bell on HBO's peerless The Wire.

Here, these two Brits play Raleigh Becket and Stacker Pentecost.  Pacific Rim takes place roughly fifteen years after an interdimensional rift deep in the Pacific Ocean unleashes the Kaiju.  To combat the beasts, humanity creates the Jaegers, operated by a pair of highly trained pilots sharing a neural link.  Becket is a washed up Jaeger pilot brought back into the fold by Pentecost, a onetime pilot who has ascended the command ladder to a position of real authority.

In this clip, courtesy of IGN, the two deeply disagree about the training of Mako Mori, a green pilot played by Rinko Kikuchi, who was truly great without saying a word in The Brothers Bloom.  Elba, so often the best thing about any movie he's in, gets a chance to throw his figurative weight around here, and Hunnam, kicking ass since Undeclared, very much fits the mold of the impulsive hotshot.

Del Toro's first movie since Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim is by far the biggest spectacle yet attempted by the auteur behind Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, and Blade II.  The screenplay by Travis Beacham allows the loquacious and lovable director to create a would-be blockbuster that's also an unabashed love letter to Godzilla-style monster movies and robot-obsessed anime.

In addition to Hunnam, Elba, and Kikuchi, the cast here includes Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins Jr., Robert Kazinsky, Burn Gorman, and Diego Klattenhoff.

Recently, IAR talked with Day about playing Pacific Rim's resident scientist, Dr. newt Geiszler.  Check out that interview by clicking here.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures also released a wonderful IMAX midnight poster and extended TV spot this week, both of which are viewable by clicking here and here.

Pacific Rim brings the thunder to theaters on July 12th.

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