The first photo has been released from Pacific Rim, arriving in theaters July 12, 2013. Take a look at this photo featuring Idris Elba, who plays Stacker Pentecost, and read on to see what director Guillermo del Toro had to say about the scope of this highly-anticipated monster movie.

Pacific Rim Idris Elba Photo

The filmmaker recently spoke about the size and scale of this epic creature feature, and the sets they had to build, only to have them destroyed by the Kaiju monsters.

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"When we're talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings. We built command centers of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this."

He also revealed this movie marks his best creative experience within the Hollywood studio system.

"So much of the creation of the movie was having the best creative experience I've ever had in Hollywood."