Elba stars in Del Toro-helmed pic

Warner Bros. has dated sci-fier “Pacific Rim” for July 12, 2013.

Studio made the announcement Monday. Idris Elba is on board for the lead ‘ with Guillermo del Toro directing “Rim,” produced by Legendary and Warner Bros.

The pic, which also stars Charlie Day and ”Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnan, centers on an alien invasion that threatens earth and the humans who come together to defend it.

Project went into development in May 2010 with ”Clash of the Titans” scribe Travis Beacham writing the script. Legendary acquired the rights to Beacham’s project as part of its co-financing and co-production deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary topper Thomas Tull is producing along with Jon Jashni.

Production is expected to get under way this fall. “Pacific Rim” is the second pic to be dated in July, 2013, with Uni having set “Despicable Me 2″ for July 3.

Warner also said Monday that it’s moved Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion” up six weeks to Sept. 9 from Oct. 21.

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