First Photo: ‘Meg’ Begins Shooting with Jason Statham and Li Bingbing

Jason Statham and Li Bingbing star in Meg
Jason Statham and Li Bingbing star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ ‘Meg’ (Photo by Daniel Smith)

Shooting is officially underway on Warner Bros Pictures’ Meg, the sci-fi thriller starring Jason Statham (Spy) and Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction). The Meg cast also includes Winston Chao, Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), Page Kennedy (Rush Hour), Jessica McNamee (Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Missing), Robert Taylor (Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0).

National Treasure‘s Jon Turteltaub is directing and Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber adapted Steve Alten’s bestselling book for the screen. Wayne Wei Jiang, Randy Greenberg, Barrie M. Osborne, and Gerald R. Molen are executive producing.

Filming will take place in New Zealand and on location in China. Meg is scheduled to open in theaters on March 2, 2018.

The Plot: A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.