Maybe it’s creepy to play matchmaker, but “creepy” is right in this movie’s comfort zone. If Stranger Things and Ex Machina had a baby, it would be Luke Scott’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan.
Ridley Scott is producing the project alongside Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, with Luke Scott at the helm as his directorial debut. Although it doesn’t give us a ton of information, the vague plot summary has certainly piqued my interest:
A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.
The film boasts a star-studded cast including Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Rose Leslie, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones and Boyd Holbrook.
Check out the trailer for Morgan and be sure to keep reading for our trailer breakdown:
The the foreboding and futuristic atmosphere — not to mention Morgan being confined in a cement and glass structure — is very Ex Machina. And my mind can’t help but be drawn to Eleven from Stranger Things when listening to the eerie murmurs about her capabilities.
All in all, Luke Scott seems to have the makings of a hit on his hands.
“We knew right away that Morgan was very special.”
Clearly, Morgan didn’t stay a cute little “child” for long. I have a feeling these happy, photo-worthy moments are a thing of the past by the time Kate Mara’s character gets involved.
“Despite the current setbacks, the results of our investment are quite remarkable.”
So Morgan is some kind of highly-funded science experiment gone wrong? And what kind of results were they hoping for? What are her powers? How long did it take her to grow up? I have so many questions. Between the blood on the walls and what appears to be a dead body, I think using the term “setbacks” is an understatement for whatever went wrong.
“Hello Morgan. Nice to meet you, in the flesh.”
From what we can tell, Morgan looks like a relatively normal human girl, but she has the powers of something otherworldly. The mysterious character is played by 20-year-old Anya Taylor-Joy, the breakout star of horror hit The Witch. Toby Jones, seen in the background in this shot, plays the currently unnamed scientist responsible for creating Morgan.
“You’ll see now, how happy we can be.”
At the very least, I’ll be watching Morgan out of sheer curiosity. But with that cast, Ridley Scott’s stamp of approval and the trailers we’ve seen so far, I’m hooked.
Morgan will be released in theaters on September 2, 2016.
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MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai