Once upon a time, Charlie Hunnam was amongst the stars of BBC kids' soap, Byker Grove, at least for a few episodes. And will you look at him now, all grown up and starring in Sons of Anarchy. Nice career trajectory.
He's actually hit a few highs along the way, perhaps most notably in Queer as Folk. Nothing, though, was quite on the scale of his new gig.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Hunnam has won the lead role in Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. In the draft of the script I read the main character was Raleigh Antrobus, a mecha pilot who takes on giant monsters from a parallel world called The Anteverse.
Travis Beacham's script is nothing short of immense. Its scale is so incredibly vast and the imagery on the page is so provocative, that I can't even start to imagine what it's going to look like in Del Toro's style. Something wonderful, though, I'm sure. And I'd expect that, since signing on to direct, he's likely seen the screenplay through another draft or two too, to tidy it up and give it a bit more depth.
Beacham appears to have been writing a love letter to kaiju films, the giant monster movies featuring such gargantua as Godzilla, Rodan or Mothra. Pacific Rim has the potential to be the Pulp Fiction of Kaiju movie, a post-modern reflection, fueled with love, and passion and steeped in an understanding of what made the genre great in the first place.
Hunnam's casting shows good progress on the project. I hope to see more soon – maybe the casting of Mako Mori, Antrobus' mindlink co-pilot in monster-mashing.