'San Andreas' trailer pits the Rock against the Big One

Drop, cover and hold on: The first trailer for the earthquake flick 'San Andreas' has struck

Drop, cover and hold on: The first trailer for the earthquake movie "San Andreas" has struck, offering a glimpse of the rampant destruction that director Brad Peyton and leading man Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have in store for the West Coast and beyond.

In the grand tradition of disaster flicks such as "Volcano," "The Day After Tomorrow," "2012" and, of course, "Earthquake," "San Andreas" sets familial drama against a backdrop of crumbling buildings and widespread panic.

Accompanied by a slowed-down version of "California Dreamin'," the two-minute video (above) finds Johnson playing family man Ray, a helicopter rescue pilot who links up with ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) to head to San Francisco and save their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after the Big One levels the Southland.

But the damage won't stop there, according to Paul Giamatti's character. "Even though this is happening here in California, you will feel it on the East Coast," he warns.

Warner Bros. has slated "San Andreas" for release May 29, and it could be an opportunity for Johnson to regain his action-hero footing after the misstep of "Hercules," which earned mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office over the summer.

He's also set to star in "Furious 7," the next installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, opening April 3 from Universal.

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