Jon Turteltaub’s adaption of Steve Alten’s giant shark film ‘Meg’ has added another star to the cast. Deadline reports Rainn Wilson (The Office, Backstorm) has boarded the film that features an already impressive cast.
‘Meg’ centers on a Megalodon reeking havoc on present day China. Wilson will play the role of tech billionaire Jack Morris. Morris funds an underwater observation program that unwittingly unleashes a 70-foot, 40-ton Carcharodon Megalodon, the prehistoric relative of Great White sharks.
Action star Jason Statham will play a former Navy Captain and expert deep-sea diver. Statham’s character is recruited for a likely suicide mission – even though he faced the predator years before and was forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. We reported earlier this month that ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress Ruby rose has also boarded the film. Rose will play “a kick-ass engineering genius and member of the marine research team.” Bingbing Fan (Iron Man 3) and Jessica McNamee (Sirens) will also co-star.
Warner Bros. will handle distribution world-wide, save for China which will be handled by Gravity Pictures. Colin Wilson, Belle Avery and Lorenzo di Bonaventura will be producing with Wei Wayne Jiang, Barrie M. Osborne, Gerald R. Molen and Randy Greenberg serving as executive producers. ‘Meg’ is scheduled to debut in theaters on March 2, 2018.
If you’re curious about the “Meg” in the film, you should know that they were very real. In fact, Megalodons lived up 2.6 million years ago, but recently the carbon dating of a tooth revealed they may have still been alive up to 10,000 years ago. The beasts reached a massive 60 to 80 feet long, making today’s Great Whites look like guppies. No one knows why they went extinct, though some believe they still lurk deep in the ocean, while others believe that they evolved into modern-day sharks. Interesting fact, less than 5 % of our oceans have been explored, meaning we don’t really know what might still be lurking under the waves.
Real Megalodon Jaw