Meg 2: The Trench — release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

A megalodon faces off with a diver in The Meg 2: The Trench
The Meg 2: The Trench is ready to make a splash at the box office. (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Meg 2: The Trench is now in cinemas, meaning fans everywhere can check out the sci-fi sequel and see whether it's shark bait or not!

In The Meg, we followed Statham's Naval Captain Jonas Taylor as he tried to rescue a group of divers from a wrecked submarine. But he soon realized something big and dangerous had risen from the Mariana Trench, leading to an action-packed thrill ride where he faced not one but two megalodons.

Now, five years after the original movie, Meg 2: The Trench will see Jonas Taylor on a new adventure, which sees him leading a daring research team on a dive into the deepest depths of the ocean, where they make a shocking discovery.

The sequel is directed by Ben Wheatley, who is well-known for movies such as Kill List, Netflix's Rebecca, and the recent horror movie, In the Earth.

Here's everything you need to know about The Meg 2: The Trench...

The Meg 2: The Trench release date

The Meg 2: The Trench is now in theaters after being released globally on Friday, August 4, 2023. 

So far we have no word on when the film will be available to stream at home; we'll be sure to include that info when it arrives. 

The Meg 2: The Trench plot

A shark wrapped in chains tries to bite Jason Statham in The Meg 2: The Trench.

Some-fin dangerous lurks beneath the waters in The Meg 2... (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The movie is based on the second book in The Meg series by Steve Alten, called The Trench

Warner Brothers' plot synopsis for the movie sequel reads: "Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush this summer in The Meg 2: The Trench, a literally larger-than-life thrill ride that supersizes the 2018 blockbuster and takes the action to higher heights and even greater depths with multiple massive Megs and so much more!"

"Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival.

"Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time."

The Meg 2: The Trench cast

Jason Statham returns as Jonas Taylor, but his love interest, Li Bingbing does not returning as Suyin for the sequel.

However,  Cliff Curtis, Shuya Sophia Cai, and Page Kennedy are all back as James 'Mac' Mackreides, Meiying and DJ, respectively.

New additions to the cast include Sienna Guillory, Skyler Samuels, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Chinese star Wu Jing, Whoopie Van Raam, and Ray Strachan. 

Wu Jing hangs from a helicopter in The Meg 2: The Trench

Wu Jing has joined Statham in this new adventure. (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

The Meg 2: The Trench trailer

The trailer for The Meg 2: The Trench is finally here and it's as wild as you'd expect it to be.

In it, there are prehistoric creatures, an angry-looking T-Rex, and Jason Statham kicking a massive shark in the face. What more could you possibly want from a movie like this?

It looks like The Meg 2 is set to be bigger and better than the first — we can't wait!

Lucy Buglass
Senior Staff Writer

Lucy joined the team in 2021, where she writes series guides for must-watch programmes, reviews and the latest TV news. Now she works for our sister site TechRadar in the same role. Originally from Northumberland, she graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Film Studies and moved to London to begin a career writing about entertainment.

She is a Rotten Tomatoes approved film critic and has a huge passion for cinema. She especially loves horror, thriller and anything crime-related. Her favourite TV programmes include Inside No 9, American Horror Story, Stranger Things and Black Mirror but she is also partial to a quiz show or a bit of Say Yes to the Dress