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NYCC 2018: Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines drops Steampunkalicious new trailer

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Oct 5, 2018, 1:58 PM EDT (Updated)

In the future of the upcoming Mortal Engines, cities have become roaming machines, hunting down smaller cities and gobbling them up for their precious resources. Based on the series of books by Philip Reeve, the movie is the closest we've gotten to Peter Jackson since the last Hobbit movie.

While he's only producing, Jackson's name is all over the promotional material for what looks like the start of a very ambitious sci-fi film series. He also helped write the script with Fran Walsh and his wife Philippa Boyens. This is very much his baby, but, like James Cameron and Avatar, he had to wait for CGI to advance to a point where he could finally make it happen.

Universal Pictures dropped a new, steampunk-heavy trailer at New York Comic Con. Watch it below:

"I was eight years old when my mother died," intones the voice of Hester (Hega Hilmar), a fugitive and an assassin in the retro-futuristic world of Mortal Engines. The trailer begins on a personal note as Hester lays out her connection to the sinister Thaddeus (Hugo Weaving), the Head of the Guild if Historians with whom Hester has a deep and furious grievance.

The clip also offers us our first real look at South Korean star Jihae as resistance leader Anna Fang, and the great Stephen Lang (Don't Breathe) as Shrike, the last of an undead squadron of soldiers known as Stalkers, who is kept alive with mechanical parts and is on a mission to find and kill Hester -- who he once raised.

Most of the trailer is action-heavy, but it does a superb job of revealing the full scope of the movie and the gigantic mobile cities that roam this devastated landscape. If nothing else, Mortal Engines looks huge -- epic in a way that Peter Jackson knows how to deliver -- and is going to show viewers a world unlike anything they've seen at the movies before.

Longtime Jackson collaborator Christian Rivers (he's been around since the early '90s cult classic Braindead) will helm this feature. Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang make up the movie's cast.

Mortal Engines arrives in theaters Dec. 14. 

Click here for SYFY WIRE’s full coverage of NYCC 2018, including up-to-the-minute news, exclusive interviews, and videos.

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