Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dropped the trailer for his earthquake-inspired disaster movie, “San Andreas,” on his Twitter page Dec. 9. The preview is packed with eerie music, dramatic tension and, yes, a whole lot of destruction and mayhem.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 9, 2014
Johnson plays a rescue chopper pilot in the wake of a massive earthquake. He is forced to make a daring journey across the state of California to rescue his estranged daughter, played by “True Detective” star Alexandra Daddario. The trailer includes shots of buildings crumbling, people panicking and much more - all set to a super creepy, slowed down version of “California Dreamin” by The Mamas & the Papas.
“I cannot emphasize this enough, you need to get out, and I mean now,” Paul Giamatti's character says in the trailer. “Because even though this is happening here in California, you will feel it on the east coast.”
While the movie promises to be a fun disaster flick, its title suggests a scary real-world tie-in. “San Andreas” is likely a reference to the San Andreas Fault line, which cuts The Golden State in two. The sliding land boundary separates the state into the Pacific plate and the North American Plate. According to Geology.com, the fault line runs thorough many populated areas of California and accounts for many of its earthquakes. The plates shift only a couple inches a year, roughly the rate at which human fingernails grow. However, these shifting rates are only an average – theoretically there’s nothing stopping a catastrophic shift in the fault line. While it’s likely that the film plays a little fast and loose with the science behind the San Andreas Fault line, it’s at least sound in concept.
In addition to Johnson, Daddario and Giamatti, the film also stars Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd and Todd Williams.
Check out the trailer for the film, set for release May 29, 2015, below if you want to freak yourself out about the latest trendy natural disaster – or if you’re a Dwayne Johnson fan.