Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is shaping up to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer movie season. Is it possible not to be excited about the prospect of giant monsters fighting massive robots? I don’t think so. What we’ve seen from the finished film is rather limited, but looks pretty damn impressive. This newly unveiled concept art shows the abstract origins of this futuristic world.
Total Film unveiled the stunning images from artist Doug Williams, and the first piece gives you a glimpse at not only one of the film’s monsters, called Kaiju, but at the larger world. Whatever they are, the Kaiju are organic, so they can rot or have their flesh stripped away, as illustrated by this giant, naked skull. This image also tells you about the people and society of the film.
The skull has been turned into a temple, and the city has been built or reconstructed around the obstruction. Monsters, though destructive, are now a matter-of-fact part of daily life. Using the giant empty skull is also a clever bit of recycling and clearly puts the size of the creatures into perspective.
Image number two is a gorgeous, sweeping picture of a Russian Jaeger—the skyscraper-tall mechs created to battle the Kaiju—named Cherno Alpha, looming over a port city. The scene looks calm enough, the people all seem to be going about their business, so you can’t help but think this big mechanical badass is on some sort of routine patrol, not necessarily engaged in a Kaiju fight, but ready for action at the drop of a hat.
Pacific Rim opens in 3D and IMAX on July 12th, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Max Martini, Clifton Collins Jr., Robert Kazinsky, and more.