Cine Latino: The Latest on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim,’ Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ and Diego Luna’s Cesar E. Chavez Biopic

Cine Latino: The Latest on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim,’ Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Gravity’ and Diego Luna’s Cesar E. Chavez Biopic

Jun 01, 2012

Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Friday. 

This time last year Guillermo del Toro was happily announcing his latest film project, Pacific Rim, calling it the biggest giant monster movie ever made and "a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters." The movie was inspired by the kaiju genre in Japan. Kaiju translates to “strange beast.” The film stars Idris Elba, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam.

Ever since its announcement, speculations have circulated about the films plotline, but a detailed synopsis has finally been released. No word yet if the film will be released in 3D.

Here’s the official synopsis:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

In other news, sci-fi fans will have to wait until next year for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Expected to be one of the most intriguing movies of the year, the Warner Bros. film was pushed back to an undisclosed release date in 2013. According to EW, the move comes as a result of lack of available 3-D IMAX screens and a highly competitive holiday moviegoing season that includes a new Bond movie, the final Twilight movie and The Hobbit.

The sci-fi drama stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut lost in space trying to get back to Earth after a tragic space station accident.

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, 82, shared her feelings to Cinemovie about Diego Luna’s Cesar E. Chavez biopic, in which she’s played as a young political aide by Rosario Dawson. Michael Pena will star as Chavez, with America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife. The Keir Pearson scripted tale will follow Chavez as he organizes the largest non-violent protest in U.S. history in an effort to obtain basic human rights for over 50,000 farm workers in California.

 "I just met with Rosario Dawson," said Huerta.  "I haven’t seen the script yet but I do want to look at it. I’m worried about the way they are going to portray me. I was surprised that [Dawson] would be playing me. She’s tall and slim and I’m short but I know she’s a great actress so I’m sure it will come out alright."

Huerta added that any film that is made about her should be "instructive, with lessons people can learn and take from in order to continue the path and march to justice."

Wes Bentley, Mark Moses, Michael Cudlitz, Jacob Vargas and Yancey Arias have just signed on to the project. Filming began earlier this month in Sonora, Mexico. According to Variety, Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz will produce through Canana Films along with John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith.

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