The Meg: Jason Statham fights a shark in the craziest trailer of the year

*Books tickets immediately*.

The first trailer for The Meg has been released – and it sees Jason Statham battling a massive shark in one of the unlikeliest premises of the year.

Directed by National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub, The Meg sees Statham star as Naval Captain Jonas Taylor, who lost his wife and his career after an exploration of the Mariana Trench went seriously wrong.

Now, he’s back to fight the Megalodon Shark that cost him everything, which was previously believed to have been extinct for millions of years.

In the first trailer, we’re given our first glimpse at the epic fight between man and beast – and it looks every bit as brilliantly ridiculous as you’d perhaps expect.

“That thing’s out there, I need to find it and kill it”, Statham gruffly remarks before we are given our first look at the ferocious creature.

He’s then seen attempting to attack the beast with a harpoon – which doesn’t exactly look like it’ll be up to the job.

We’ll have to wait until the summer to see if he prevails in the epic quest – The Meg is set for release on August 10, with Statham joined by a supporting cast that includes The Office‘s Rainn Wilson and Orange Is The New Black‘s Ruby Rose.