Charlie Hunnam to lead del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM?

Kate Erbland

May 9th, 2011

Dear casting gods, thank you for setting up a potential male lead for a big film that is not Sam Worthington, Jeremy Renner, or Chris Hemsworth. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

That said, Deadline reports that Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is in negotiations to star in Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM. The film, from a Travis Beacham script, "is set in a future where giant malevolent creatures threaten to destroy the earth, city by city. To combat its annihilation, the planet must band together and use highly advanced weapons technology to eradicate the growing threat." While it's certainly a big step up from biker gangs gone wild, Hunnam can do tough with the best of them. I am already greatly anticipating this film, and the addition of Hunnam as male lead only ups that anticipation.

Sons of Anarchy consistently tops my list of "television shows I should really start watching," as every single time I catch the odd episode, I'm sucked in. Hunnam is great in it, just superb, and I can't wait to see him get a big, juicy leading man role like one in PACIFIC RIM. Hunnam's role in Sons is a tricky mix of tough and sweet, and he's done wonders with it. It's hard to believe, while watching Sons, that Hunnam is the same pretty boy from stuff like the short-lived Young Americans. He's got grit, and that's exactly what I want to see in PACIFIC RIM.

Hunnam was recently seen in THE LEDGE, which premiered at Sundance, and will next be seen in BLACKBIRD.

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