Guillermo del Toro is going to get the humans fighting an alien invasion in Pacific Rim, his next directorial project and the first film he'll direct since 2008's Hellboy II. And while the director seems pretty excited about depicting the "giant fucking aliens and giant fucking robots" that will make up the movie's visual spectacle, he's stacking the deck pretty well on the side of the humans by casting a ton of tough guys as our resistance leaders. Variety reports that EastEnders veteran Rob Kazinsky is the latest name confirmed to join the cast, and Willem Dafoe is also in early talks for a role.

Kazinsky isn't a huge name, but he'd be teamed up with a lot of the other big ones already attached, like Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam and Charlie Day, as part of the team of humans trying to defeat the alien invasion. Dafoe would be a little bit more of a wild card, a "rogue scientist with expertise on alien creatures." Of course, Dafoe famously played a rogue scientist in one shape or another through three Spider-Man films, so maybe he'll bring that Green Goblin hoverboard back around and use it on the side of good? OK, Marvel fans, back off-- it was just an idea! I promise I won't try to ruin the comic book universe again!

Pacific Rim, provided it doesn't fall apart spectacularly like del Toro's At The Mountains of Madness, or provided he doesn't walk away from it like he did The Hobbit, is set to start production this fall, working from the script by Travis Beacham that's set in 2025, the 12th year of a war against alien creatures who live in the Pacific ocean. That's right-- according to that timeline the war starts in two short years. You might want to start hitting the gym to prepare, or at least team up with a rogue scientist to be safe.

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