Given that he is currently on TV screens fending off ravenous creatures after his tender flesh for Fear The Walking Dead, Cliff Curtis should feel right at home in Jon Turteltaub's (National Treasure) giant Shark thriller Meg. News arrives via Deadline that he is joining Jason Statham (The Expendables) in the watery thriller's cast.
Adapted by Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate) and James Vanderbilt from Steve Alten's 1997 novel, Meg will follow Statham's Navy man, still carrying the scars of an attack by a Megalodon, a prehistoric shark ancestor that somehow survived to modern times. His last encounter left his team dead and his military career ripped to shreds, but he is called back into action when an international underwater observation program led by Chinese scientists encounters the same beast after a volcanic eruption released it from an underwater trench into open water.
Curtis is aboard to play the Operations Chief of the Mana One unit, working alongside the likes of Ruby Rose (Orange Is The New Black), Jessica McNamee (The Vow), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Masi Oka (Heroes) and Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age Of Extinction). The film, which is backed by China's Gravity Pictures and Warner Bros, will share financing and distribution for a planned 2018 release.