‘Meg 2’ Undergoes Cast Shakeup As Production Continues

by Thomas Tuna

The only thing constant is change. Apparently, that also holds true when fighting a shark as big as a dinosaur.

Just a few days ago, Horror News Network reported several new additions to the cast of Meg 2The Trench–the sequel to the 2018 aquatic thriller–and now, Variety reports that one of the actors from the original will not return, but yet another newcomer is now in place.

Li Bingbing (TransformersAge of Extinction) will not reprise her role as oceanographer Suyin–who embodies “both brains and beauty”–in the sequel. But Wu Jing, reportedly the highest-grossing male actor ever in China, will join the ensemble, adding star power to the horror flick.

Jing is a former martial artist who has enjoyed success as an actor and director on the big and small screen, appearing in such films as The Battle at Lake ChangjinInvisible Target and The MummyTomb of the Dragon Emperor (with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li).

The cast is led by returning Jason Statham, Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai and Page Kennedy, along with newcomers Sienna Guillory, Skyler Samuels and Sergio Peris-Mencheta.

Meg 2–directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by returning screenwriters Dean Georgaris and Erich and Jon Hoeber–is currently shooting at the Leavesden Studios outside London, where it is expected to continue until May. The movie will then switch to outdoor locations, probably somewhere in Asia.

The original The Meg–directed by Jon Turteltaub and based on Steve Alten’s 1997 MegA Novel of Deep Terror–follows a U.S. Navy diver who sets out to rescue a group of scientists from a 75-foot-long prehistoric shark known as a megalodon. The film earned $530 million worldwide on a $150-million budget.

Keep reading Horror New Network for the next update on Meg 2The Trench.

 

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