The actor lands a role originally developed for Tom Cruise
He'll play Sensi, a role that had been developed for Tom Cruise.
TheWrap reported on June 3 that Legendary wanted Elba for the movie.
The actor is now shooting "Prometheus," a Ridley Scott project also starring Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. His work in HBO's "The Wire" was widely praised, and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Chief Inspector John Luther in the BBC series "Luther," which returns to BBC America in October.
"Pacific Rim" is shaping up to be a really interesting project.
It's a crazy-looking movie: There are giant — like the size of buildings giant — robots, alien monsters and another universe.