The idea of synthetic and robotic life wreaking havoc on the human race has always been at the forefront of sci-fi. As we get closer to making massive technological advancements in real life, it’s inevitable that film will explore these possibilities with even more fervor and terror. Following last year’s runaway hit Ex Machina, we’re finally getting a look at the genre’s most promising thriller of 2016 yet, Morgan.
Based on a script by Seth W. Owen, the story stars Kate Mara as a corporate troubleshooter sent to evaluate the horrible aftermath of a group of scientists’ work, a synthetic being named Morgan. The trailer keeps Morgan, played by the brilliant Anya Taylor-Joy, under a gray hood, adding to the hush-hush nature of the film (there are no reviews or critiques to be found anywhere, and the studio and cast haven’t spoken out about plot details). The mystery shrouding the film is quite fitting, given the unknowing nature and consequence of making major scientific creations like this.
Also starring Rose Leslie, Paul Giamatti, and Boyd Holbrook, Morgan is the directorial debut of Luke Scott, the son of Ridley Scott (who is acting as a producer on the film). “What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Not in a traditional religious sense, but an idea that we have the capabilities to become our own creator. And what I suspect could happen—we’ve seen it in all these movies, whether it’s Frankenstein or Metropolis—it’s the creation of a being that is greater than the creator.”
It’s hard to say whether or not the film will garner the same attention and praise that Ex Machina did, but the trailer does promise to try. Morgan is slated to hit theaters September 2.