Willem Dafoe and Rob Kazinsky Join Director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim
07.29.11 by Ryan
British actor Rob Kazinsky was set to make an impressive big screen debut in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of director Peter Jackson's two-part Lord of the Rings prequel, but dropped out of the role of dwarf Fili due to "personal reasons" just a few weeks after production had begun. Kazinsky will get a second shot in director Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, who was incidentally the first director for The Hobbit.
Variety reports that Kazinsky has been cast as one of the members of the team trying to defeat alien creatures who have invaded the planet. Kazinsky joins cast members Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day, while the report also claims that Willem Dafoe is in early talks to play a "rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures."
Written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), Pacific Rim is reportedly set in the year 2025, the 12th year of a war against the invading alien creatures who live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Del Toro recently revealed that production would begin in November, giving the director "20 weeks to start shooting the biggest giant monster movie ever made" before its July 12, 2013, release date.