Gareth Edwards, the filmmaker behind The Creator, has shown his support for the cast of the film amidst the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Throughout a press junket day and a special screening at the TCL Grauman Chinese Theatre, Edwards sported rotating black t-shirts with the names of the actors in his cast. The $80M sci-fi movie, produced by New Regency, 20th Century Studios, and Disney, features a talented cast including John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Madeleine Yuna Voyles, and Ken Watanabe, among others.
During the screening at the Chinese Theatre, Edwards recorded a special message to the striking cast, with the entire audience joining in to show their support. The Creator addresses the war between humans and A.I. robots, a topic that hits close to home for many in the industry. The film follows the story of Joshua, a spy mercenary played by Washington, who is protecting a robotic child that will play a crucial role in the robots’ war on humans. Edwards co-wrote the movie with Chris Weitz, best known for his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Edwards expressed his concern about the lack of original sci-fi blockbusters being made today, calling them an endangered species. He explained that the concept of A.I. in The Creator serves as a metaphor for people who are different and who society tends to reject. The film explores the complex and fascinating implications of creating artificial intelligence.
The Creator is set to release in theaters on September 29, including IMAX and PLF screens.
– Deadline (source article)