Announced back in May 2011, we've finally been giving our first look at director Paul W.S. Anderson's volcano disaster flick "Pompeii." 

The film, set in the later summer of 79 A.D., revolves around the slave ("Gamse of Thrones'" Kit Harington) of a shipping tycoon ("24's" Keifer Sutherland) who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter ("Sucker Punch's" Emily Browning). What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.

"Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs," writes The Hollywood Reporter. "But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator ("LOST's" Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them."

I'm sure this all ends well for everyone. 

Check out the teaser trailer below. 

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'Pompeii' teaser trailer rumbles to life
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