Casting Notices: Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim, Abigail Spencer in Oz

You can add Rinko Kikuchi (left) to the cast of Guillermo Del Toro’s sci-fi monster mash “Pacific Rim”.

The Oscar-nominated actress who you’ve probably never heard of will play Mako Mori, “a young Japanese pilot of Jaegers, the enormous robotic creatures built to battle the strange creatures attacking earth.”

Kikuchi, who can next be seen in the Keanu Reeves Samurai flick “47 Ronin”, joins leading man Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, and Charlie Day. More on the plot:

Mako, like Raleigh Antrobus (the part Hunnam’s set for), has just lost her co-pilot (Jaegers have to be driven by two people working together), and despite speaking different languages, the two are paired together by their commanding officer, Stacker Pentecost (Elba). Day, meanwhile, will play Newt Gotlieb, a scientist working to find the source of the monsters. Hopefully he’ll be less annoying than he was in “Horrible Bosses.”

Sounds mecha-tastic.

Meanwhile, “Mad Men’s” Abigail Spencer (below) continues to land supporting roles in big-time Hollywood movies. She’s in Jon Favreau’s upcoming “Cowboys and Aliens” (no idea who/what she’s playing in that one), and she’ll also be in “This Means War” with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine (no idea who/what she’s playing in that one, either).

Now she’s been cast in Sam Raimi’s “Oz, The Great and Powerful”, in which she’ll play “a young woman who is a willing subject of Oz’s magic tricks which the erstwhile magician is performing in Kansas.” Okay, kinda of a throwaway role, I guess.

Spencer joins a cast that includes James Franco as the titular Oz, with Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as witchy sisters.

Production on “Oz”, Raimi’s first film since 2009’s “Drag Me to Hell”, commences next month.