It’s not often that a film trailer is so epic and awesome that the film immediately becomes a must-watch. However, the new trailer for The Creator is so spectacular that its release has cemented the film as one of the most anticipated of the year. Directed by Gareth Edwards and starring John David Washington, the trailer does a perfect job of summarizing the fascinating plot of the film while surrounded by jaw-dropping visuals.
The general story feels like something we’ve all seen before in films like The Terminator and The Matrix. Mankind is fighting artificial intelligence for survival and an ex-special forces agent, played by John David Washington, is tasked with a mission that could save humanity. However, this one has a Lone Wolf & Cub element mixed in, as the key to the mission is an AI in the form of a young child. Of course, we saw this welcome story trope executed to near perfection recently in the critically acclaimed video game series The Last of Us by HBO.
The film looks like a visual feast, in the very capable hands of Gareth Edwards, who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Godzilla (2014) and the underrated Monsters.
The timing of the film’s release is certainly serendipitous (though not necessarily for humanity), as artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics right now and there’s reasonable anxiety about how AI will impact our lives in the very near future. It’s always more interesting when art has worthwhile commentary on life, and I hope that The Creator will give us something to chew on while being entertained.
The film also stars Gemma Chan and Ken Watanabe, and in the brief glimpses of the trailer, it seems like many of the AI beings are played by Asian actors. I wonder if all of the AI beings are Asian presenting, and what the intent of that story point might be. Notably, Gemma Chan plays the wife of John David Washington’s character, who has disappeared. Chan is either conspicuously absent from the trailer, or at least not easily identifiable, which has to be an intentional creative decision. There are clearly some secrets that the trailer is keeping hidden.
There’s so much intrigue built from the trailer alone and it’s well worth watching several times.
The Creator premieres in theaters September 29th and has immediately catapulted into my top 3 most anticipated films of the year!
20TH CENTURY STUDIOS, NEW REGENCY AND ENTERTAINMENT ONE RELEASE TRAILER AND POSTER FOR EPIC SCI-FI ACTION THRILLER “THE CREATOR,” OPENING IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 29
DIRECTED BY GARETH EDWARDS (“ROGUE ONE, “GODZILLA”), FILM STARS JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON (“TENET”), GEMMA CHAN (“ETERNALS”), KEN WATANABE (“INCEPTION”), STURGILL SIMPSON (“DOG”), NEWCOMER MADELEINE YUNA VOYLES AND ALLISON JANNEY (“I, TONYA”)
BURBANK, Calif. (May 17, 2023) – 20th Century Studios, New Regency and Entertainment One have released the trailer and poster for their epic sci-fi action thriller “The Creator,” which opens in theaters September 29. Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Rogue One,” “Godzilla”), the film stars John David Washington (“Tenet”), Gemma Chan (“Eternals”), Ken Watanabe (“Inception”), Sturgill Simpson (“Dog”), newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles and Academy Award® winner Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”). The film’s screenplay is by Gareth Edwards and Chris Weitz, from a story by Edwards. The producers are Gareth Edwards, p.g.a., Kiri Hart, Jim Spencer, p.g.a. and Arnon Milchan. The executive producers are Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Natalie Lehmann, Nick Meyer and Zev Foreman.
Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife (Chan), is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory… only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.
About 20th Century Studios:
20th Century Studios is an Academy Award®-winning producer of feature films for both theatrical and streaming release. It is home to such iconic franchises as “Avatar,” “Alien,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Predator,” “Die Hard,” and “Kingsman” and creator of hit films including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Showman,” “The Martian,” and “Ford v Ferrari” and “Free Guy.” It also launched the successful “Deadpool” and “X-Men” film series, Oscar®-winner “West Side Story,” “Prey” and “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” the fourth highest grossing film worldwide. Previously known as 20th Century Fox prior to becoming a part of The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios is recognized for its incredible 80-year legacy. It is the studio that brought the world the first six “Star Wars” films, in addition to standouts from across the decades, including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “All About Eve,” “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Princess Bride,” “The Abyss,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Speed,” “Cast Away,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Minority Report,” “Gone Girl” and “The Revenant.”
About New Regency
Founded in 1991 by renowned producer Arnon Milchan, New Regency is actively engaged in entertaining the world. The company is run by Chairman and CEO, Yariv Milchan, and has produced some of the most successful and critically-acclaimed films of all time with over 140 films and more than 50 television series in the company’s vast library, including Academy Award®-winner THE REVENANT (2016), the back-to-back Academy Award®-winning Best Pictures, 12 YEARS A SLAVE (2014) and BIRDMAN (2015) as well as the 2018 box office hit BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. The company also backed celebrated filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena,” and the Broadway musical “Pretty Woman,” adapted from the beloved 1990 romantic comedy film originally produced by Arnon Milchan. New Regency is dedicated to continuing to foster its unparalleled filmmaker relationships and today boasts partnerships with the most acclaimed and sought-after creative forces in the industry.
Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne) is a talent-driven independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. As part of global play and entertainment company Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS), eOne’s expertise spans across film, television and family programming. Through its extensive reach and scale, and a deep commitment to high-quality entertainment, eOne unlocks the power and value of creativity.
eOne brings to market both original and existing content, through a diversified network of creative partners and eOne companies.
Ron is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of POC Culture. He is a big believer in the power and impact of pop culture and the importance of representation in media.