Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has a brand new epic on the way. Moving on from orcs and elves, Jackson now turns his attention to the apocalypse and giant steampunk city-sized monster trucks with Mortal Engines. Though it’s not set for release until Christmas 2018, it has just got itself a teaser trailer – and it looks bonkers!

Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Gets a Teaser Trailer

Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines is an adaptation of a novel series written by Phillip Reeve. Set thousands of years in the future, the concept of the epic saga involves the city of London – just not as we know it. St Paul’s Cathedral does exist, but rather than sitting across from Millennium Bridge, it now sits on top of a travelling steampunk machine trying to survive after an apocalyptic war.

The cities travel around eliminating one another each – especially smaller towns – for fuel and ‘old tech’: a system brilliantly called Municipal Darwinism. The trailer doesn’t give much away, showing a quick chase sequence involving this new London devouring a small hamlet of an off-roader.

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While we could spoil some things – it is already a novel, remember – we’ll just give you the bare bones: The film’s main protagonist is Tom Natsworthy (played by Robert Sheehan), who finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). The two then set on an epic adventure would could save the planet…

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Co-starring Hugo Weaving, Ronan Raftery and Stephen Lang, Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines isn’t set for release until December in 2018. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

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