ENTERTAINMENT-US-CINEMA-PREMIERE-THE MECHANIC: RESURRECTIONA killer shark doesn't seem that threatening when you call it "Meg." Maybe that's why Jason Statham and co-star Li Bingbing look so chill in the first photo from the movie.

Filming just started down in New Zealand for a 2018 release, with the story adapted from the 1997 sci-fi book, "Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror."

Here's the synopsis from Warner Bros., via Collider:

"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 (Jason 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."

And here's the first photo, which shows how little Jonas Taylor really fears this "terrifying creature" -- his hands are still in his pockets, Meg. Take that!

"Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, also stars Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darris Ólafsson, Sophia Shuya Cai, and Masi Oka. It's scheduled for release on March 2, 2018.

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