Idris Elba is one of the hardest working people in Hollywood right now. The British actor is juggling promoting roles in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “Prometheus” with his filming schedule on Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” and Elba continues to add new projects like “Thor 2.”
While promoting “Ghost Rider,” MTV News was able to chat with Elba and ask him about “Pacific Rim,” a film that we’re very excited about here but don’t know too much about. Del Toro previously teased that the movie will involve “top-notch monsters,” and Elba confirmed that will be the case. That being said, these baddies will be big, but not similar specifically to Godzilla, as was once rumored.
“It’s hard to say. Godzilla would throw out the wrong sort of image, I think. We are talking about some big MF-ers,” Elba teased.
That being said, the film is going to have a lot of realism to it. Like previous del Toro films “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim” is being shot on big sets that allow the Mexican director to keep the CGI somewhat to a minimum. Elba said that distinction will come across in the movie.
“There’s a lot of actuality in this one because he’s created huge sets. I mean, we’ve taken over four sets in Pinewood in Toronto and built a lot of the stuff that you might see. Yes, there is huge CGI I’m sure, but we built a lot of stuff too,” he said.
After “Pacific Rim” and “Thor 2” wrap, it was rumored that Elba might team up with his “Ghost Rider” directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor to star in the third installment of their “Crank” series. He clarified that there is a chance that film might get made, but it’s not set in stone yet.
“It was fun talk,” Elba said. “The boys and I really want to work together. We’ve been sort of aiming to get Jason Statham in mind to do something. Maybe that would work out, maybe it could be ’Crank 3,’ who knows.”
So what is next for Elba? According to him, he’ll next be shooting a movie called “Deed” in Atlanta that is a “good old-fashioned thriller,” and will then star in a second season of his hit show “Luther.” And, of course, reprise his role as Heimdall in “Thor 2.”
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