Jason Statham takes on dino-sized primeval shark in first trailer for The Meg

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Apr 9, 2018, 10:43 PM EDT (Updated)

Warner Bros.' planned adaptation of The Meg has been treading water in development hell for the last several years, but we've now got our first look at this summer's shark thriller, and it might be safe to say that it was worth the wait.

Based on the 1997 sci-fi novel MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten, the film stars Jason Statham as expert sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor, who is recruited to stop an unthinkable monster from the deep: a prehistoric shark known as the Megalodon. Turns out that Jonas and "the Meg" (as the film calls it) might also have something of a complicated backstory, and Jonas must face his fears in order to confront this deadly ocean threat.

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It's interesting to see just how much of the Megalodon is being teased in promotional photos — definitely a departure from classic shark films like Jaws, where production mishaps dictated a minimal presence from the big fish — but since The MEG is making use of effects to create a 75-foot-long shark, perhaps it makes sense that they'd want to show it off.

Statham was announced as the film's lead in April 2016, and he's joined by a strong supporting cast including The Office's Rainn Wilson, John Wick 2's Ruby Rose, Sirens' Jessica McNamee, Fear the Walking Dead's Cliff Curtis, and Heroes' Masi Oka.

Check out the first trailer above, as well as the official poster for the film released earlier today, then let us know if you'll be circling when The Meg swims into theaters on Aug. 10.