“The Creator” Trailer Finds John David Washington Fighting an AI Superpower

The first trailer for Gareth Edwards’ The Creator has arrived, a fresh look at a growing concern that you can read and hear about just about every day, whether it’s in major newspapers, magazines, on Reddit threads, podcasts, or in research papers. We’re talking about artificial intelligence, once the concern mainly of scientists, futurists, and Hollywood execs looking for the next Terminator, but now on everybody’s radar thanks to the advent of ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI, which can generate human-like text and engage in conversational interactions. Heck, if we’re being honest, it could even write a piece on The Creator‘s trailer, but we’re not giving in that easily.

The Creator stars John David Washington as Joshua, an ex-special forces agent recruited to hunt down and kill the titular creator, the architect of the AI that dropped a nuke on Los Angeles and is planning on destroying humanity. The trailer reveals that once Joshua gets behind the enemy’s lines and finds the creator, the all-powerful and elusive mastermind behind the nefarious AI turns out to be a child. Well, not a human child, but an AI in the form of a human-like child that Joshua will learn is not at all what it seems.

Joining Washington are a stellar cast, including Gemma Chan (Eternals), Ken Watanabe (Inception), Allison Janey (I, Tonya), Sturgill Simpson (Dog), and newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles as the child/Creator. Edwards directs from a script he co-wrote with Chris Weitz, his collaborator from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 

Humanity versus an AI run amok? Yeah, this is a classic sci-fi trope, but something tells us that Edwards and his cast and crew could be onto something fresh. Besides, they’re releasing the film into a world in which AI is no longer speculative, and concerns about it possibly taking out humanity are front-page news.

Check out the trailer below. The Creator arrives in theaters on September 29.

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