“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam is negotiating to lead Guillermo del Toro’s next movie, Pacific Rim. The futuristic thriller is set on Earth after a historic date when kaiju, or towering Godzilla-like beasts, begin to emerge from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and wreak havoc on nearby cities.
According to Deadline, Hunnam, 31, would play the lead in Del Toro’s film, which was scripted by Travis Beacham and set for 2013. As we first reported back in March, the plot centers on Raleigh (Hunnam), a skillful pilot of building-sized mechanized suits designed to do battle with the monsters.
In an earlier draft of Beacham’s script, Raleigh, still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and brother during an earlier mission, is paired with a Japanese pilot named Mako Mori. Despite their differences, they must band together to prevent the destruction of Earth.
I’m only familiar with Hunnam through his role on the surprisingly violent FX series, but he handles that similarly conflicted character with ease. Maybe Ron Perlman, who worked with del Toro on two Hellboy flicks, put in a good word for his “Sons of Anarchy” co-star? This is certainly the biggest role to date for the capable actor, who is actually English, as he breaks his way into Hollywood. Hunnam stars in The Ledge with Liv Tyler this month.
For more details on Pacific Rim, please read our script review of Beacham’s brilliant draft.