If, like me, you hold director Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars film Rogue One in high regard—actually, it’s my favorite in the entire franchise—then I believe you’ll be equally intrigued by this first glimpse of his upcoming science fiction thriller, The Creator. Judging by the visuals, it appears to be the first exceptional film of the new AI era, where ChatGPT and other generative AI advancements are poised to bring about profound changes in the world within a relatively short span of time.
Yesterday, 20th Century Studios, New Regency, and Entertainment One unveiled the trailer for The Creator. Set to release on September 29, this movie boasts a stellar ensemble cast featuring John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ken Watanabe, Sturgill Simpson, the talented newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles, and the renowned Allison Janney. Simply put, the trailer is nothing short of breathtaking, promising an epic cinematic experience.
The official summary of The Creator revolves around a future conflict between humans and artificial intelligence. In this war-torn setting, Joshua (played by John David Washington), a former special forces agent mourning the disappearance of his wife (portrayed by Gemma Chan), is recruited to track down and eliminate the elusive Creator. This enigmatic figure is the mastermind behind advanced AI and has developed a mysterious weapon capable of ending both the war and humanity itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives venture into AI-controlled territory, only to discover that the world-ending weapon is an AI embodied in the form of a young child.
Coincidentally, I came across an article in The Atlantic titled “Never Give Artificial Intelligence the Nuclear Codes” just yesterday, and it left me thoroughly unnerved. The rapid advancements of AI systems like ChatGPT, which can now generate remarkably realistic songs, movie trailers, and TV show teasers with minimal input from users, are truly mind-boggling. While we hope for the best, it’s not surprising that storytellers are exploring narratives like these, reflecting the potential consequences of AI development.
Gareth Edwards undoubtedly brought a fresh and original perspective to the Star Wars universe, presenting a heartfelt tale of rebels fighting for what seemed like a lost cause. Who could forget the breathtaking lightsaber battle involving Darth Vader aboard the ship? All of this serves to highlight my unwavering confidence that the director has skillfully applied his talents to The Creator, delivering another captivating and unique cinematic experience.