Explore a steampunk world in the first 'Mortal Engines' trailer

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for “Mortal Engines,” the upcoming big screen adaptation of Philip Reve’s award winning book series. Check it out in the player above.

Set thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, “Mortal Engines” sees humankind having adapted to a new way of living. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy — who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw. Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers, “Mortal Engines” boasts a screenplay by the three-time Academy Award-winning “Lord of the Rings” team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

“Mortal Engines” stars Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine, Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw, Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy, Jihae as Anna Fang, Ronan Raftery as Bevis Pod, Leila George as Katherine Valentine, Patrick Malahide as Magnus Crome and Stephen Lang as Shrike.

Producers on “Mortal Engines” include Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker and Deborah Forte, as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins joins Boyens as executive producer.

“Mortal Engines” hits theaters December 14, 2018.