First trailer of Sir Peter Jackson's New Zealand-shot film Mortal Engines reveals post-apocalyptic world

The first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new Kiwi film, penned and produced by Peter Jackson, Mortal Engines, has been released for New Zealand audiences to view this morning.

The film is directed by New Zealand's Christian Rivers and was shot entirely in New Zealand.

Over 1000 Kiwis took part in the making of the film, which was shot over 16 weeks in Wellington earlier this year, with many of them landing acting roles in the film.

"It's a testament to the skill, talent and imagination of New Zealand crews that they are able to completely fabricate these other worlds that have never been seen before. Our crews are extraordinary," Rivers said.

The director has previously worked with Peter Jackson as a visual effects artist on King Kong, for which he won an Oscar.

Mortal Engines is adapted from a series of books by Philip Reeve which tell the tale of a post-apocalyptic future where humankind roams the earth in massive moving cities.

The trailer was originally intended to be shown before Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theatres, but a timing issue has meant it wasn't able to be released to Kiwi audiences until today.

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The film will be released worldwide in December 2018.