British Star to Take On Mandela Role After Sci-Fi Thriller

Idris Elba discusses his character in the upcoming alien-versus-robot flick "Pacific Rim."
2:30 | 07/03/13

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Transcript for British Star to Take On Mandela Role After Sci-Fi Thriller
As we take cover from the elements, a blockbuster this summer. "Pacific rim." Explosions, check. Aliens, check. Robots, check. Earth in danger, check. And he's a golden-globe winning chameleon, if his name isn't recognizable, his face is. Patrice elba, who was seen on the big screen with beyonce. "Pro metious" and "thor." And on your television screen, "the wire" and "luther." And now, he is stacker pentecost, leader of the resistance in "pacific rim." Today, there's not a man nor woman in here who shall stand alo alone. Not today. Today, we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them. The world is in danger. That's it. That's the plot. It's definitely -- a human story. My character, charlie hunter, who is leading a young soldier who has to jump in and save the world at the end of the day. I'm guessing I wasn't your first choice. You are my first choice. All the other mach 3 pilots are dead. Reporter: Mankind fights back with robots. Really big robots. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse. You haven't seen anything like this. It's big. The scale is huge. You've never seen monsters this big. Reporter: He's spending this summer fighting aliens. But his next project is starring in "mandela: The long walk to freedom." We know mandela for his years in jail. And his years coming out of jail becoming president. But what happens to him prior, that's the spine of the film, where we get to know him. Reporter: That movie won't be released until the fall. But until then, he's hoping "pacific rim" is a big as hit as his giant robots. You see it, you'll understand. It's big, big film. You'll escape for two hours in its hugeness. Should be terrific. And it opens, "pacific rim"

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