Way back in February 2014, Paramount announced it was moving forward with their new adventure Monster Trucks, although very little was revealed about the movie. Even as the cast started to come together, including Lucas Till and Jane Levy, no plot details were released. Today we finally know what Monster Trucks is all about, with the studio releasing the first trailer. This monster of an adventure is not quite what you'd expect it to be.
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. The trailer, which debuted through YouTube earlier today, gives us our first look at this mysterious monster, who has an affinity for Tripp's truck.
Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart. The supporting cast includes Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Thomas Lennon and Holt McCallany. Monster Trucks will hit theaters January 13, 2017, going up against Paramount's Friday the 13th remake, Warner Bros. Geostorm and 20th Century Fox's Hidden Figures.
Chris Wedge, best known for making animated movies such as the first Ice Age, Robots and Epic, makes his live action directorial debut with Monster Trucks. The filmmaker directs from a script by Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), which was based on a story by a pair of animated specialists, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, who have written all three Kung Fu Panda movies. They have also written the upcoming Trolls, which is set for release on November 4. Derek Connolly is also writing next year's Kong: Skull Island and Jurassic World 2 with Colin Trevorrow.
In addition to the trailer, we also have the first two photos of Lucas Till's Tripp, which you can check out below. It's possible that Monster Trucks could steamroll over the competition next January, although that month is shaping up to be quite competitive. Paramount's XXX: The Return of Xander Cage is set to open one week later on January 20, with Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter arriving on January 27. While we wait for more from Monster Trucks, check out the first trailer and photo below.