Pacific-Rim-Poster-ExtinctThe countdown to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim stands at just six weeks, and its mid-July release date is something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. As, I’m sure, have you.

All that we’ve seen from the mammoth blockbuster promises some of the biggest action sequences of the year. And after catching an explosive TV spot earlier in the week, Warner Bros. have released a new featurette through Yahoo Movies, giving us an inside look at the giant robots coming our way soon.

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.

Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Ron Perlman take the lead of a great ensemble.

And del Toro is making a very welcome return behind the camera, directing from a script he co-wrote with Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans).

Pacific Rim will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on July 12th in the US and UK, which is definitely a release date you’ll want to commit to memory, if you haven’t already. Here’s the great new featurette to get you in the mood for summer.