With filming on Pacific Rim scheduled to begin during the first week of November director Guillermo del Toro is continuing to fill out the cast. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini and Idris Elba are on-board so far, and they will now be joined by Willem Dafoe and Rob Kazinsky.
Willem Dafoe, best known for playing the Green Goblin in Spider-Man, “is being eyed as a rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures” according to Variety.
British actor Rob Kazinsky was set to appear in The Hobbit as Fili the dwarf, but he had to pull out in April due to personal/health reasons. Luckily for the actor Guillermo del Toro may have remembered him from his time on The Hobbit, and has cast him as “a member of the team trying to defeat the invaders.”
Pacific Rim currently has a release date set for July 12th, 2013, and del Toro has said it will be “the biggest giant monster movie ever made”.