“Meg 2: The Trench” Trailer Reveals Jason Statham Taking on a Trio of Megalodons
Jason Statham versus a prehistoric shark, round two. It’s a conceit that’s both simple and irresistible, and it’s all we really need to know about Meg 2: The Trench. However, the first official trailer, released into the wild by Warner Bros., gives us even more reason to head to theaters this August. This is the stuff of summer movie magic, when the absurdity of a given premise is only the beginning of the fun. Just as the original Meg did in 2018, Meg 2 not only nods lovingly at Jaws, it then offers a shark that would eat that original summer movie icon as a light appetizer.
The trailer opens with a snapshot of life during prehistoric times, where even a seeming apex predator like the T-Rex was no match for the undisputed alpha apex of them all, the megalodon, the largest shark to ever ply the waters. In director John Turteltaub’s 2018 original, Statham starred as Jonas Taylor, a rescue diver who saved the crew of a damaged nuclear submarine that was being attacked by an unidentified creature. You can guess what that creature was. Eventually, Jonas joined a research team exploring the deepest portions of the Marianas Trench where the Megalodon fully identified itself, and it was up to Jonas to save them (and a whole lot of other people) before the giant shark reasserted its dominance on the world.
Director Ben Wheatley helms the sequel to the 2018 surprise hit, with Statham reprising his role as the Meg-tested rescue diver. This time, Jonas won’t be facing just one Meg but a trio of them—and now they’re hunting in packs. The trailer also reveals while the Meg(s) will remain the main event, there will be a slew of other deep sea creatures getting their time in the spotlight, including a giant squid that makes short work of a helicopter. Yes, you read that right.
In sum, Meg 2: The Trench is precisely the kind of summer movie you’re looking for; big, bold, and fearlessly leaning into its own silliness.
Check out the trailer below. Meg 2: The Trench hits theaters on August 4.
Here’s the official synopsis for Meg 2: The Trench:
Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush this summer in Meg 2: The Trench, a literally larger-than-life thrill ride that supersizes the 2018 blockbuster and takes the action to higher heights and even greater depths with multiple massive Megs and so much more! Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time. Immerse yourself in the most electrifying cinematic experience of the year with Meg 2: The Trench – where the depths of the ocean are matched only by the heights of sheer, unstoppable excitement!
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Featured image: A theatrical poster for “Meg 2: The Trench.” Courtesy Warner Bros.