Earlier this week it was reported that Jessica McNamee was cast as the female lead in MEG, the giant megalodon shark movie from Warner Brothers. Now comes word of another actress attached to a role.
Ruby Rose, one of the stars of the hit Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, has entered into negotiations to join the cast. If a deal gets works out, the actress will join Jason Statham and Fan Bingbing on the cast.
The long in development giant shark movie MEG has found its female lead. It’s being reported that Sirens and The Vow star Jessica McNamee has joined the cast of the Warner Brothers title, which is based on the Steve Alten book MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror.
McNamee joins Jason Statham, who’s set for the male lead, and Fan Bingbing on the cast. The movie was set to be helmed by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth, but he departed the project a handful of months ago. Roth left due to budget concerns after Warner Bros., coming off a rough year at the box office, wanted to pull things back a bit on the expected $100 million MEG budget. Now the movie will be made by Cool Runnings, National Treasure and its sequel, and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice director Jon Turteltaub.
While many immediately cringe at the mention of CG effects being used in a movie, it’s hard to find a movie these days that doesn’t use them one way or another. The best we can hope for is the use of both practical and digital effects hand-in-hand, with more of the former visibly noticeable.
But sometimes CG is simply unavoidable. One such example of this is MEG, which features a giant megalodon shark. If you’re even a little familiar with JAWS and how much trouble Steven Spielberg had working with a mechanical shark for that, you understand how insane it would be to build and film a practical shark the size of a freakin’ city bus or bigger. The movie has been in the works for many years, and is currently in the middle of another attempt at finally making its way to the big screen with the recent news that Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth was set to make the movie for Warner Brothers. Roth spoke recently about using CG for the movie, and you can see what he had to say below.
Movie fans have been awaiting an adaptation of the Steve Alten book MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror for a long, long time. The movie, simply titled MEG, has been fighting its way toward making it to the big screen for almost two decades now, and it looks like it might finally be ready to become a reality.
It’s being reported that Eli Roth, director of Cabin Fever, Hostel, and Hostel: Part II, has entered into negotiations to direct the movie for Warner Brothers.
Continue below for more and to watch a trailer for the book.