Peter Jackson’s Bonkers New Movie Trailer Will Debut Before 'The Last Jedi'

Concept art for 'Mortal Engines' released by Peter Jackson in May 2017.

The trailer for Peter Jackson’s latest project, Mortal Engines gets its world premiere before Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday, and it’s a totally insane sci-fi dystopia where the cities of the world become mobile and battle over resources.

Yes, you read that right. Entire cities will battle like they’re huge-ass battle robots with giant wheels and massive engines. Now, imagine the man producing it is the guy best-known for bringing Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels to life.

Jackson co-wrote the script with Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens, and directorial duties are in the hands of Christian Rivers, who’s been collaborating with Jackson for a long time.

The film’s based on a four-book series of novels of the same name written by Philip Reeve and will star Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Ronan Raftery, Stephen Lang, and Hugo Weaving in a story about class warfare, environmental disaster, and huge cities clobbering each other.

Peter Jackson himself announced via Facebook on Tuesday that the Mortal Engines trailer would officially premiere before The Last Jedi screenings almost exactly a year before it comes out:

The film has reportedly been in development since 2009, so a trailer finally releasing marks an important milestone for the film.

Mortal Engines is steampunk AF and follows Tom Natsworthy, a teenager in London, the most powerful of the many “Traction Cities” in the world. In case you doubt how gnarly this story will be, here’s how the book opens:

“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

Get ready, because this trailer’s bound to be a wild ride.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi will officially be released in theaters December 15, so you can catch the Mortal Engines trailer probably at December 14 screenings at 7 p.m. onward.

Mortal Engines itself hits theaters December 14, 2018