The Jon Turbeltaub-directed movie Meg has a big shark, and now it has a big star. Jason Statham is in negotiations to star in the adaptation of the novel of the same name that Warner Bros is moving forward with in conjunction with China-based Gravity. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Belle Avery and Colin Wilson.

It’s the first big studio lead in a while for Statham, who has played strong co-starring roles in the Fast & Furious films and also the Melissa McCarthy-starrer Spy, where he reminded us of the comic chops he showed early in those manic Guy Ritchie-directed films Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. He lends a strong global presence as an action star –much the way Dwayne Johnson has done to Fast and other franchises. The script for Meg was written by Dean Georgaris. Meg is about an attempt to kill a giant shark killing swimmers along the China coast. They figure out it’s Megaladon, considered one of the largest and most powerful predators in history, can reach a maximum length of 60 feet. You know, Jaws in China. Gravity will release the film in China. Statham is repped by CAA and Current Entertainment.