By Nick Romano
October 14, 2016 at 08:04 PM EDT
Daniel Smith

Jason Statham is gonna need a bigger boat.

The giant shark movie Meg began production in New Zealand this week, and Warner Bros. has released the first photo from the project.

Meg sees Statham as a rescue diver named Jonas Taylor. He’s enlisted to save a deep-sea crew left stranded at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean by a 75-foot-long shark called the Megalodon, a prehistoric creature he encountered before. Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction) plays Suyin, the daughter of the oceanographer who recruits Jonas, and the two must work together to confront the beast.

Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead), Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Winston Chao (Skiptrace), Page Kennedy (the Rush Hour TV series), Jessica McNamee (The Vow), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG), Robert Taylor (Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0) round out the cast.

National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub helms Meg, based on a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber. The project is based on the novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten.


Meg is scheduled for theaters on March 2, 2018. Get a closer look at the first photo below.

Daniel Smith