GLaDOS voice appears in Pacific Rim trailer

First trailer for Guillermo del Toro's monster action movie features voicework of Ellen McLain as a roboto AI.

The first trailer for Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro's new film Pacific Rim has been revealed, and it features a voice gamers may know. The voice of Portal character GLaDOS, performed by Ellen McLain, appears in the trailer as a robot AI.

As for the film, Pacific Rim is a science-fiction movie where giant mechanized robots controlled by humans take on massive creatures who have risen up from the sea. The trailer suggests McLain's character will be on the side of the humans.

del Toro bringing the voice of GLaDOS to his next picture is not much of a surprise. The filmmaker told Kotaku last month that he is a "big fan" of Valve, noting that "Portal and Left 4 Dead have been instrumental family experiences at my house."

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ernest1999
ernest1999

GLaDOS's voice is becoming revolutionary! :)

Lestat_jio
Lestat_jio

Det Toro: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Yeah including GLaDOS in the trailer was really bizarre for me.  I'm watching it and then I hear our old computer friend.  It was almost as if Mario went running through the frame.  It made absolutely no sense in the context of the trailer and implied that the universe of that film was the same one as the Half-Life universe which made no sense.

 

Maybe I'm overthinking this, but her inclusion in the trailer didn't make any sense to me.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

at least del toro didnt forcibly implant a big name cast into it just to bring the movie hype. it seems like he cast it based on who could fulfill the roles he had in mind, not just big name actors just so the movie would garnish some attention. there's also the possibility that he spent so much of producing the special effects that there wasnt much left for bigger name actors but either way i think that using relatively unknown actors/actresses is a good thing. it will help people focus on the characters themselves and not the actors playing them.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

holy crap this movie came out of nowhere. i only recently heard about it on moviepilot and a mere weeks later a pretty damn big trailer comes out for it. plus i hear its got a staggering budget and warner bros gave del toro a ton of resources to work with for this movie. this movie is so out of left field that im pissing my pants in anticipation. next summer sounds like its gonna be a blast for sci-fi and comic book movies.

oflow
oflow

Giant monsters battle giant robots I think my childhood days of 4 pm japanese monster movie just came back with a vengeance.

Salanderr
Salanderr

Oh God, she's taking over. Run for it!

cdog21
cdog21

WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS?!

 

'Peeing your pants in excitment' doesn't even come close to how much I want to see this movie now.

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

Now THIS is what the American Godzilla should've looked like. 14 years on and I'm still bitter...

OrianaDorta
OrianaDorta

GLaDOS voice won't make me watch this movie.

Efix484
Efix484

omg look like the most stupid movie ever

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Unleash the Kraken! Umm, no, I meant: Unleash the giant Master Chief look-alike robot!"

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

it reminds me of King of the Monsters game

X-Robert
X-Robert

Well since Valve would like de Toro to direct a Half-life movie, please make one de Toro.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Get Wheatly in it and I might actually consider seeing this.

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

At first I thought GLaDOS was taking over the movie.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

I'm all for having Ellen McLain voice another AI, but the fact that this one sounds exactly the same as GLaDOS - right down to the little bits of pitch distortion - is a bit annoying. Surely it couldn't be THAT difficult to make it reasonably distinct from her other work?

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

I wouldn't be surprised to find Tara Strong around the corner too.

hickabickabooya
hickabickabooya

Looks/sounds like a weird Portal/NGE mix up. Kind cool, as far as brain candy goes.

Derpalon
Derpalon

Movie looks too serious to have GLaDOS' voice in it. I can't help but snicker whenever I hear it. It's just too funny.

Starbuck_X
Starbuck_X

If they can defeat the aliens... then there will be cake

TheDoctorNW
TheDoctorNW

I don't know, man--putting GLaDOS into a giant robot suit is just asking for trouble.  ;)  Love it!

LiveByMeDieByMe
LiveByMeDieByMe

It reminds me of Starship Troopers (the book, not the terrible movies)

vandwedge
vandwedge

This is so goddamn disrespectful to Portal.

brxricano
brxricano

Ah the Big-O thrust punch. What else is there to talk about?

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

 @bongsyas_23 unless kids look it up on the internet right now, i dont think most would even know of that game because although it was a great game, even when it was in its prime it was pretty obscure. but yeah, it totally reminds me of kotm too when i think about it.

Ultimate_Entity
Ultimate_Entity

 @Hairygrim I understand what you are trying to say but they obviously picked Ellen McLain because of her undeniably decent work in 'Portal'. Therefore, why wouldn't they use the voice that they heard and desired to be part of their film, from the get go?

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

 @Gelugon_baat this is what i like to call a popcorn movie. its a movie where you just have a good time watching it without analyzing it to death.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

 @Gelugon_baat We have no idea how far into the film the trailer goes so there could easily be a decent plot going on & it could have some great twists. No reason to let your hopes drop yet.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@vandwedge Yeah, advertising it in what will probably be an incredibly popular film due to the director enjoying the series is so disrespectful. Seriously though, what's disrespectful? They didn't take GLaDOS and piss on her, just made her the AI voice of a giant robot suit that kicks ass.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@Hairygrim the reason del toro picked her is because of her relation to her portal work and from what he mentions, obviously purposely kept her voice sounding like glados. im sure people will appreciate the fan service more than despair due to the lack of originality.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

 @-Jonce-  @LiveByMeDieByMe starship troopers (the movie) rocked! i never read the book and although some of the acting was cringe worthy at times, the effects, the nudity, the gore, the violence, and jake busey as well as nph more than make up for it.

cdog21
cdog21

 @-Jonce-  

For those of us that never read the book, or even knew that there was a book, yeah it was. For the people that did though, it seemed to disappoint them.

 

I never read the book so the movie was fine to me.

vandwedge
vandwedge

@DamnILoveGames In Portal, GLaDOS is a unique creation. Now Del Toro is going "nah that's just the generic microsoft sam voice of the future. All the computers will sound like that."

vandwedge
vandwedge

@DamnILoveGames That's what I'm saying. Since Del Toro is apparently such a big Portal fan, it's cool that he hired Ellen. That is a nice move for her career and--at least potentially--an appreciated nod to her other fans. But not if he's going to have her do the GLaDOS voice!!!!!  That does soil the mythos of GLaDOS, in the same way that the awful sequels to movies like 2001 or Psycho dampen their mythos. Now, Portal is still a masterpiece, as are the two films I mentioned, but it's just a shame that some outside party is (unintentionally) watering them down.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@vandwedge I wouldn't call that disrespectful though. They've not really done anything to completely soil the image or reputation of GLaDOS. Whichever way you look at it, her VA is getting a chance to take her career a step further of her own free will, surely that's a good thing. It'll help support her, something she may not get for some time since Valve can't count to 3.