Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim to shoot in Toronto

Guillermo del Toro said last week that his monster movie Pacific Rim was “the greatest experience of” his life and mentioned filming was scheduled to begin during the first week of November.

Now THR has word that the movie, which so far only has Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Idris Elba on-board, has booked itself into Pinewood Toronto Studios with the working title Still Seas for a six month shoot until April 2012.

Plot details for Pacific Rim emerged back in March and the monster movie will give del Toro the opportunity to create two worlds.

The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is “The Anteverse,” another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.

Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry

Pacific Rim currently has a release date set for July 12th, 2013.