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WATCH: Warner Bros.’ ‘The Meg’ Trailer and Images

Jason Statham takes on an enormous and hungry prehistoric shark in new aquatic chomp-fest hitting theatres this Friday.

Opening in U.S. theatres this Friday, August 10, Warner Bros.’ Jason Statham-led sci-fi thriller, The Meg, pits the action star against a previously thought extinct prehistoric shark with a big appetite and even bigger set of teeth.

A deep-sea submersible - part of an international undersea observation program - has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat -- a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.

Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face to face once more with the apex predator of all time.

Directed by Jon Turteltaub (the National Treasure movies), The Meg stars Statham (Spy, The Fate of the Furious, The Expendables films) and Li (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message) as well as Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office), Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Chao (Skiptrace, Kabali), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (Battle of the Sexes, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Robert Taylor (Kong: Skull Island, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes) and Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead).

The film’s production VFX supervisor is Adrian de Wet, with main visual effects work handled by DNEG, Image Engine, Scanline VFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Soho VFX and Umedia VFX.

Turteltaub directed from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the best-selling novel MEG by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers films), Belle Avery (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead) and Colin Wilson (Suicide Squad, Avatar) produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Wei Jang, Randy Greenberg, Catherine Xujun Ying, Chantal Nong and Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producers.

Source: Warner Bros.