“M3GAN” Featurette Introduces You to The Scariest Toy Since Chucky
Let’s take a moment to listen to the way the cast and director Gerard Johnstone describe the titular robot toy in M3GAN. “Best friend,” says star Violet McGraw. “Homeschool teacher,” describes Johnstone. “The ideal companion,” says star Allison Williams. Producer James Wan says, “she has so much personality.” Co-star Jen Van Epps enthuses, “She’s just this effervescent beaming ray of light.” And then, after a beat, Epps adds, “until she goes batsh*t crazy.”
M3GAN is a robot built by Gemma (Williams), a brilliant robotics engineer working at a toy company. Gemma designed the toy robot specifically to help her recently orphaned niece, Cady (McGraw), from feeling lonely. In a previous trailer, Gemma showed Cady how to press on the robot’s palm to “pair with her,” then instructed the state-of-the-art robot companion to “protect Cady from harm, both physical and emotional.” Needless to say, the robot takes this command seriously, to the horror of all those who she feels are a threat to Cady. Whether it’s with a nail gun, a hammer, or her own freakish strength, MEGAN starts “protecting” Cady with gruesome gusto.
The script comes from Akela Cooper, with a story from horror maestro James Wan, who produces alongside his fellow horror maestros Jason Blum, Michael Clear, and Couper Samuelson. M3GAN can’t help but evoke that other homicidal toy, Chucky, yet where that creepy little murderer was the result of a human being transferring his soul into a doll, M3GAN is essentially a tale of artificial intelligence gone berserk.
M3GAN also stars Ronny Chieng (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Brian Jordan Alvarez (Will & Grace), Lori Dungey (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, extended edition) and Stephane Garneau-Monten (Straight Forward).
Check out the new featurette below. M3GAN hits theaters on January 6:
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Featured image: M3GAN in M3GAN directed by Gerard Johnstone. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures.