Mortal Engines Featurette Delves Into The Lead Character

Universal Pictures has their work cut out for them for the upcoming Mortal Engines film. The adaptation of the YA novel fo the same name is set to hit theaters mid-December, and while its main competition Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may skew oh-so-slightly, the next weekend, it’ll face off against Aquaman.

In short, they really have to kick their marketing into hyperdrive soon so that audiences know who these characters are and that they care. Otherwise, they’re going up against two big comic book properties who have already been on the big screen one way or another, and therefore have more of a presence in mainstream audiences’ headspace.

That’s exactly what they’re trying to do in this new featurette, where producer Peter Jackson and star Hera Hilmar discuss the character, her violent nature, and her quest for revenge.

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Below is the official synopsis for Mortal Engines:

“Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.”

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic. “

Mortal Engines is set to hit theaters on December 14, 2018.

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SOURCE: Universal Pictures

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