Robert Kazinsky and Willem Dafoe are set to join the sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Pacific Rim centers on an alien invasion of Earth and the humans who fight back using giant robots. Kazinsky will play one of the robot-controlling humans, while Dafoe is in early talks to portray a rogue scientist who is an expert on the invading aliens.
Kazinsky is relatively new to the film scene, best known for his work on the UK television show EastEnders. He was recently cast opposite Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. in the war drama Red Tails. Dafoe is an acting veteran and two-time Oscar nominee; he is currently filming the Stephen Sommers thriller Odd Thomas.
Production on Pacific Rim is set to begin in September with an expected 2013 release date. The film is written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) and stars Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Max Martini.