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Jason Statham, Jon Turteltaub start shooting shark tale 'Meg' in New Zealand

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Karen Butler
Cast member Jason Statham attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller Mechanic: Resurrection in Los Angeles on August 22, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Cast member Jason Statham attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller "Mechanic: Resurrection" in Los Angeles on August 22, 2016. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Director Jon Turteltaub has begun shooting his science-fiction, action-thriller Meg -- starring Jason Statham -- in New Zealand.

The cast will also include Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Winston Chao and Masi Oka. The film is set for release March 2, 2018.

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"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," a synopsis teased. "With time running out, expert, deep-sea, rescue diver Jonas Taylor is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, against the wishes of his daughter Suyin, to save the crew -- and the ocean itself -- from this unstoppable threat: a prehistoric, 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon."

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