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.

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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.

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.