Idris Elba recently announced that he was up for a major role in one of the biggest movies heading into production at this time. Many thought he was auditioning for a part in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Today, it has been revealed that the actor is actually up for a lead role in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.

Charlie Hunnam has already been cast in this sci-fi thriller, which finds giant monsters from space bombarding earth. To save mankind from extinction, a group of soldiers must battle this invading threat by manning large robots.

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It isn't known which character Idris Elba will be playing in Pacific Rim. The actor is currently filming Ridley Scott's Alien spin-off Prometheus.

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