New <i>Pacific Rim</i> Images Surface

Legendary Pictures has released seven new images from Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro's upcoming sci-fi action-adventure that pits giant robots against giant creatures, with the survival of humanity at stake.

The stills arrive courtesy of USA Today, which spoke briefly with del Toro, who related his love of the giant monsters that populated the Japanese movies of his childhood -- "I grew up with a steady kaiju diet," he says -- and that the station for the enormous robots, called Jaegers, and their human pilots "is basically the Alamo."

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.

Pacific Rim, which also stars Idris Elba, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, opens July 13.

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