Jason Statham will fight a prehistoric shark in his latest movie.

Jason Statham

Jason Statham

Statham is in talks to take on the lead role in 'Meg', the big-screen adaptation of Steve Alten's science fiction novel 'MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror'.

It tells the story of the attempts to kill a Megalodon, one of the largest and most powerful predators in history and previously believed to be extinct, which has been killing swimmers along the coast of China.

The Megalodon is the 60-foot prehistoric ancestor of the great white shark.

Jason will most likely play Jonas Taylor, a deep sea diver working for the United States Navy on a top-secret dive who survives an encounter with the Megalodon and struggles to prove it is real even as it continues to claim a number of victims.

'Meg', dubbed "Jaws in China", will be directed by Jon Turbeltaub.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing the film which is a co-production between Warner Bros and China-based Gravity.

This is Jason's first leading role in some time; he has most recently worked on ensemble projects including the 'Expendables' and 'Fast & Furious' franchises and co-starred with Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in 'Spy'.

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