The Meg is going to be huge, much like the real Megalodon that the shark is based on. A new image from the film shows just how big it really is (below).
Jason Statham, one of the movie’s stars, had this to say to Empire Magazine: “I mean, who doesn’t want to watch a movie about the biggest shark that’s ever existed? And I get to be in it? This is as good as it gets.”
In the film, directed by Jon Turteltaub, “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 (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li 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.”
Statham (Furious 7) stars alongside Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil:Retribution), Cliff Curtis (Fear the Walking Dead) and Page Kennedy star with Rainn Wilson (The Office), Winston Chao (Skiptrace), Jessica McNamee (The Vow), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG), Robert Taylor (Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0) co-starring.
The Meg sinks its teeth into theaters on August 10, 2018, from Warner Bros. Pictures.
If you are wondering just how big the Megalodon really was, it grew up to 18 meters (59 ft) and weighed up to 50,000 lbs. It was one of the largest predators to ever exist. For reference, the largest Great White ever captured on film (her name is Deep Blue) is only 20 feet long.
Megs are believed to have been a bigger, more stocky version of the Great Whites we see today, with a mouth shaped similar to a Baskin Shark. Their teeth ran from 3 to 8 inches long or more, depending on the age of the Meg. The Megalodon tooth below (part of my personal collection) was found in a river in Georgia, once covered by the ocean.