Having just seen the brilliant new poster for The Hobbit ahead of its appearance at Comic-Con next week, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has also had its awesome first poster released in promotion of its journey to San Diego.

Del Toro is behind the camera for the first time since since 2008’s Hellboy II, and the anticipation is deservedly very high for his sci-fi epic.

Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman lead the cast, and all but Elba will be making an appearance at Comic-Con next Saturday.

“From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.”

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.”

Pacific Rim is set for release on 12th July, 2013, and given the nature of the film, the studios involved, and the director, I’d say an IMAX screening is all but guaranteed. This is going to be immense. As usual with this fantastic poster, you can click to enlarge.