Peter Jackson has proven his love for the world of fantasy isn’t something that’s fading this week, with the release of the first official teaser trailer for his huge next project, Mortal Engines, based on the book by Philip Reeve. You can check out the brilliant first look at the action-packed adventure below:

Plummeting audiences thousands of years into the future, we’ll all go on an epic ride with a saga that will show just what happened after civilisation was destroyed by a “cataclysmic event”, with survivors forced to adapt and find a new way of living through evolution and pure determination.

Now, gigantic cities roam the Earth and prey on smaller traction towns, becoming living machines and churning up anything that gets in their way.

Robert Sheehan takes on the role of Tom Natsworthy in the film; a man who comes from a Lower Tier of the traction city of London, but somebody who here finds himself fighting for his life after he comes up against dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). A pair who should never have ever come across one another, they begin to realise their efforts would be best put together if they’re to truly change the future for the better.

Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang all also star in the upcoming release, with Christian Rivers sitting in the director’s chair in a movie presented by Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director, Peter Jackson.

Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker and Deborah Forte serve as producers alongside screenwriter Fran Walsh, with Ken Kamins joining screenwriter Philippa Boyens as executive producer.

Mortal Engines has all the makings of an incredible start to something special in the movie world, and we imagine that if it does well upon release, Jackson will be returning to the big screen with further adaptations of Philip Reeve’s book series.

For now however, we’re getting excited about seeing what could be one of the biggest launches of a new franchise to-date. Let’s hope all the right boxes are ticked and audiences flock to this one upon its release next year.

Mortal Engines is set to hit cinemas across the UK in December 2018.

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