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Morgan: First look at Kate Mara in Luke Scott's sci-fi thriller

Ridley Scott is producing his son’s directing debut

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Aidan Monaghan

Kate Mara comes face to face with the future in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan, and it’s not quite human.

EW has an exclusive first look at the 20th Century Fox film, which marks the feature directing debut of Luke Scott, the veteran commercial helmer and son of acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott.

Based on a script by Seth W. Owen that landed on the 2014 Black List of hot unproduced screenplays, Morgan stars Mara as a corporate troubleshooter who’s sent to a remote location to evaluate an artificially created, rapidly developing lifeform. Anya Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of The Witch, plays the title character, and the cast also includes Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Paul Giamatti.

Ridley Scott is producing alongside Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam.

Speaking to EW about the film, Luke Scott said, “What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator. 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.”

He added, “That is fascinating to me, and it definitely feels like a next stage of evolution in the real world.”

Aidan Monaghan
Aidan Monaghan

Morgan opens Sept. 2. Check out three exclusive images above, and stay tuned for the movie’s first teaser trailer, arriving Wednesday.