UPDATE: Deadline confirms that Elba's deal is done and he will be playing the lead role in del Toro's "Pacific Rim."
In the future of Guillermo del Toro's new movie "Pacific Rim," citizens of the planet Earth operate robots to ward off giant, Godzilla-like monsters. Depending on if the casting rumors are true, the humans may not need to waste their time with robots -- ll it'll take is badass glare from one man in particular.
Former "Wire" actor Idris Elba is said to be circling a lead role in "Pacific Rim," according to The Wrap, where the actor would co-star with with "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam. It's hard to think of two better people to help save humanity.
But the deal's not done yet.
Elba is in high demand these, recently wrapping the "Ghost Rider" sequel "Spirit of Vengeance" and the pseudo-"Alien" prequel "Prometheus" for legendary director Ridley Scott. He's also one of the top contenders for the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's new film "Django Unchained," a film that might take priority over "Pacific Rim." The decision is tough: oppressive, white slave-owners or enormous creatures hellbent on destroying the world -- which is more fun to punch in the face?
News of Elba's next film should be on its way soon, but whichever project he chooses, we can rest assured that we'll be seeing plenty of one of our favorite actors in the future.
(Originally published on June 6, 2011, at 9:51 a.m. ET)