The Meg sounds like a harmless flick, possibly a cute rom-com, right? No, wrong. Very wrong.
It’s based on the 1997 New York Times best-selling novel Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror by Steve Alten, the first in a series of eight Meg tales. The Meg stars action hero Jason Statham, who plays expert deep-sea-rescue diver Jonas Taylor. Recruited by visionary oceanographer Dr Minway Zhang (Winston Chao), Jonas must save a crew who are trapped in a sunken submersible in the Pacific Ocean.
They’re going to need a (much) bigger boat
Jonas soon realises that there is more to this rescue – he is faced with a massive threat, a pre-historic beast that he has encountered before, a 70-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon (hence The Meg).
Megalodon literally translates to ‘big tooth’, and its giant teeth are the most common fossils associated with this fantastic pre-historic beast. The triangular teeth are the size of an adult human's hand, measuring up to 7 inches. Yikes.
The perfect summer blockbuster
Opposite Statham, who prepared for his role by swimming with real sharks, stars award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Forbidden Kingdom, The Message), and adding flair to the team is Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Ruby Rose (xXx: Return of Xander Cage, TV’s Orange is the New Black), Page Kennedy (TV’s Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), New Zealander Cliff Curtis (The Dark Horse, Risen, TV’s Fear the Walking Dead), Shuya Sophia Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).
Pleased to eat you
The Meg will hunt its way into cinemas on August 10.