It appears that the worlds of nerd fandom and moviegoer have come together in the best way possible. This week, a trailer, screenshots and artwork was released for Pacific Rim, Warner Bros. new movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. Here's the synopsis for those who don't haven't heard about this movie yet.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
So it seems like this is Cloverfield meets District 9 meets War of the Worlds, or something like that. Judging from the description and the trailer (after the break below), it's definitely something I'm interested in. Unfortunately, the movie is only be officially announced in the UK for the summer of 2013, leaving Americans everywhere left out. For now. I think after we learned a bit more about the movie this week, that we'll see it show up State-side, one way or another. Del Toro, being such a fan of Valve's work, specifically the Portal series, sought out Ellen McLain to voice a robot AI in the movie. While that is great, it gets better. Del Toro was so in love with her work as GLaDOS, that he asked her to use that same voice in his movie. So, McLain will be portraying GLaDOS as a different robot AI in Pacific Rim, with the same electronic filters we've come to know and love. On his love for Valve, del Toro said,
I'm a big fan of Valve. Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house.
Oh, and I forgot to mention this: the monster enters Earth from a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. You heard right, a portal. If that doesn't say that del Toro is in love with the series, I don't know what does. Anyway, you need to check out the trailer after the break and hear GLaDOS for yourself. It's only a small clip, but you get the gist of what's going to be her role. I can't wait for more.