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The Creator movie news promises a thrilling sci-fi journey that pushes the boundaries of AI-based futurism, and the details known so far about the cast and story have only added to the anticipation. After helming the Godzilla reboot and the acclaimed Star Wars movie Rogue One, Gareth Edwards is revisiting the sci-fi genre with an original story of his own. Also penning the screenplay with his Rogue One collaborator Chris Weitz, Edwards gears up for his return to cinema after nearly seven years. The wait is bound to generate excitement and with actors like Gemma Chan (Eternals) and Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) attached to it, The Creator also boasts a high-profile cast.


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The Creator is set during a post-apocalyptic conflict between humans and forces of artificial intelligence. However, it promises to go beyond the usual dystopian tropes as the lead character’s backstory offers a lot of emotional depth in the narrative. The fact that Edwards’ project was initially titled True Love offers more room for speculation on the nature of The Creator’s premise. The filmmaker is no stranger to blending spectacle-worthy action with well-rounded, introspective characters — and with the complications around the usage of AI in contemporary times — The Creator is a 2023 sci-fi release to watch out for.

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The Creator Latest News

A robot holding a staff in The Creator

The latest The Creator movie news sees a little controversy brewing around the upcoming sci-fi release. It was spotted by a user on Reddit that The Creator trailer used footage of a real-life explosion in Beirut. Redditor u/BrokeBoyAdvanced spotted the footage used in The Creator trailer as the same footage the captured the 2020 explosion in Beirut. The footage was altered slightly to depict the sci-fi setting of The Creator, but there was no mistaking that it was indeed the Beirut grain silo disaster was used for the trailer footage.

The online response to the discovery criticized The Creator for what is seen as a distasteful and exploitative use of a real tragedy. Occurring on August 4, 2020, the explosion in Beirut killed 218 people and injured thousands more. The move has led many to claim they will be boycotting The Creator as a result, although time will tell if this sentiment will translate to any impact at the box office.

Certainly, the public reaction to the story will not make reflect well on the movie itself, though it is unclear which VFX creators and behind-the-scenes people are responsible for allowing it to happen. While the reception to The Creator has been positive so far, this oversight has unfortunately become the central talking point around the upcoming dystopian sci-fi movie.

The Creator Release Date

John David Washington in The Creator in a spacesuit

The Creator movie release date is confirmed for September 29, 2023. However, as per a Deadline report, The Creator (titled True Love at the time) was originally supposed to be released on October 6, 2023. Even though The Creator’s release has been bumped up only by a week, its chances at box-office success are better as it will only be competing against the animated comedy PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.

The Creator Cast

Harun looking sideways in The Creator

John David Washington leads The Creator movie cast as gritty ex-special forces agent Joshua. Even though there aren’t many John David Washington movies so far, he has made a mark with critically-acclaimed performances in BlackKklansman and Malcolm & Marie. He is the perfect fit for Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi epic given his previous lead role as The Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s ambitious time-bending thriller Tenet. Washington’s character, Joshua, in The Creator is a man burdened by the disappearance of his wife and his newfound responsibility to eliminate an AI child named Alphie, (an ominous entity that can bring an end to the war between humans and technology).

Alphie is played by newcomer Madeleine Yuna Voyles, with The Creator marking her film debut. As for the supporting cast, noted Japanese actor Ken Watanabe plays an AI humanoid named Harun. The Creator marks his second collaboration with Edwards as Watanabe previously played scientist Dr. Ishirō Serizawa in Edwards’ 2014 reboot of Godzilla. Many other characters appear as authoritative figures who wage war against AI. These include Oscar-winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya) as Colonel Howell, Ralph Ineson (The Witch) as General Andrews, Leanna Chea (Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom) as Commander Daw, and Michael Esper (Ben is Back) as Captain Cotton.

Eternals star Gemma Chan is also roped in to play a major character called Maya, who appears to be a human sympathizer of the robots. Amar Chadha-Patel (Willow) joins the AI side of the cast, credited as Simulants. Other cast members include country singer and actor Sturgill Simpson (The Dead Don’t Die), Marc Menchaca (Ozark) and Veronica Ngo (The Old Guard). Much like the android K2SO4 in Edwards’ Rogue One, The Creator also features many robotic characters who can be voiced by some of the cast members.

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The Creator Story Details

Alphie looking at a machine in The Creator

The Creator movie story sets it up as an introspective sci-fi adventure that makes space for both action and philosophy. The post-apocalyptic reality in The Creator is a result of the ruckus caused by Artificial Intelligence (which was once introduced for the protection of humankind). However, with incidents like an AI-led detonation of a nuclear warhead in Los Angeles, the robots became the enemy of humans. The clash between humans and robots is not new dating back to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Terminator. Yet, The Creator’s premise seems timely given how Artificial Intelligence is gaining currency in the present day from generating art to being heavily debated during the Writers Guild strike.

The Creator is ultimately also a tale of friendship as the soldier Joshua is faced with moral dilemmas to handle his target, the AI child Alphie. The fact that Joshua and Alphie are shown to be hiding in a scene implies that there might be moments in the story where Joshua is forced to go against his own kind. As he tells Alphie, he’s not a good man, implying that he seeks redemption now. This pairing of an emotionally burdened fighter accidentally becoming a parental savior will make The Creator reminiscent of TV shows like The Last of Us as well as several movies such as Logan and Gareth Edwards’ own debut, Monsters.

The Creator Trailer

Joshua looking sideways in The Creator

The Creator movie trailer created an online stir with the initial teaser, introducing audiences to a grand and original sci-fi movie that many people didn’t know was coming. The first full trailer has further added to the excitement with the footage showing off the big scale and intriguing story. The trailer opens with a backstory of how the war between humans and robots began as the AI systems detonated a nuclear bomb in Los Angeles. The trailer then shifts focus to Washington’s character of Joshua who is tasked with eliminating a new cyber weapon only to discover that it is a young robot child.

The trailer for The Creator takes the audience into the post-apocalyptic war, giving the movie a feeling like a cross between Rogue One and the futuristic sequences in The Terminator. It also shows the humanity of the robot characters with their own motivations, desires, and emotions. There is also a hint at why the child robot Alphie is so important, as she is seen using her abilities to seemingly send an electromagnetic pulse and taking out the surrounding technology. Overall, it is another exciting trailer for The Creator which further cements it as a Fall movie to look for.