Earlier this year, Anya Taylor-Joy broke out as a 17th-century Puritan girl in Robert Eggers’ ominous horror flick The Witch. Now, we have our first full glimpse at her next chilling role: playing the titular synthetic human in Morgan.
Luke Scott (son of Ridley Scott) makes his feature directorial debut with this sci-fi thriller, and the newly released full trailer introduces Morgan, a bioengineered breakthrough described as “the next step in evolution.” Created using synthetic DNA, Morgan grew rapidly and seemed like a promising success in the field of artificial intelligence. But soon, Morgan experiences a violent episode, and a corporate fixer played by Kate Mara is sent in to evaluate the lab’s research — and whether or not to keep Morgan alive.
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“What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator,” Scott told EW last month. “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.
Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Toby Jones also star. Morgan will hit theaters on June 27.