Jason Statham versus a giant shark. 

That in essence is the premise of THE MEG, a sci-fi thriller about a prehistoric 75-foot-long predator, the Megalodon, who threatens the lives of a research team trapped underwater — and, yes, the fate of the ocean itself.

In the story, a deep-sea submersible that’s part of an international undersea observation program has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific. 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 — from this unstoppable threat.

What no one could have imagined is that years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying shark. 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.

Here's your first look at the US-China co-production, which is set to open in cinemas August 2018: