It's been a while since we've had a proper Hollywood natural disaster tentpole (not counting last year's quasi-found footage tornado thriller, Into the Storm), but that will change this May when San Andreas arrives on the scene. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson as Ray, a rescue-chopper pilot who sets out to protect his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) and estranged daughter (Alexandra Daddario) when a magnitude 9 earthquake strikes California.
Both the teaser trailer and newly-released theatrical preview for San Andreas (see above) are heavy on footage of Californian landscapes - including shots of iconic structures like the Hollywood sign - being destroyed by the ongoing quake, though the latest trailer does allude (briefly) to the family melodrama aspect of the film. It's also worth noting that although San Andreas trailers are rather grim-faced and unsmiling in tone, the actual movie will probably have a more hammy summer thrill-ride vibe to it.
San Andreas' final shooting script is credited to Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel), based on a screen story by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (Vice). Directing the film is one Brad Peyton, who has previously specialized in family-oriented fare such as Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and the Rock-starring Journey 2: The Mysterious Island; he and Johnson are expected to work together for a third time in the future, assuming the planned Journey 3 ends up getting an official green light.
Johnson's franchise installments - be they Fast and the Furious, G.I. Joe, or Journey movies - generally perform quite well at the box office (variation in critical receptions aside), though his other films tend to be less popular by comparison - be they summer releases (Hercules) or gritty character dramas with action on the side (Snitch). San Andreas' direct opening weekend competition is Cameron Crowe's rom-com Aloha, so it's in a decent position to perform better, commercially-speaking, than The Rock's recent non-franchise efforts.
Rounding out the cast of San Andreas are such names as Paul Giamatti (Saving Mr. Banks), Ion Gruffudd (Forever), Coltron Haynes (Arrow), Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife).
San Andreas opens in U.S. theaters on May 29th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros.