The director of classics like Alien and Blade Runner, Ridley Scott has unquestionably played a huge part in shaping the state of modern sci-fi filmmaking. That said, it’s not too surprising that Ridley’s son Luke Scott has opted to begin his directorial career by also wading into the waters of the genre with the upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan.
20th Century Fox has now released the full trailer for the heretofore mysterious Luke Scott film, as was written by lesser-known screenwriter Seth W. Owen (Peepers). You can watch the new trailer for Morgan, above.
On the surface, the plot of Morgan doesn’t seem too complicated. A corporate risk-management consultant (Kate Mara, The Martian) is sent to a remote laboratory after the escape of the titular character leads to a violent incident. Morgan, an artificially created humanoid being with the appearance of a normal teenager (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), went on some type of rampage, and it’s up to Mara’s consultant to determine whether or not to “terminate” the life of this creature before any more harm is inflicted on natural born human beings. The trailer only shows vague flashes of the aforementioned incident, but viewers are definitely given the impression that Morgan carried out her horrible deeds without remorse and with relish.
Of course, is it really Morgan’s fault that her creators failed to properly teach her how to be an ethical human? After all, a child is usually taught right from wrong by their parents, and this particular child has aged so rapidly and become so powerful that she likely was not afforded such opportunities. Those questions then naturally lead to the overall queries of whether it is ever morally justifiable to end the life of one’s own non-human creation – and if so, what exactly is the measure of a non-human?
That territory is certainly nothing new for sci-fi, having memorably been explored by Luke’s father in Blade Runner, the recent critical darling Ex Machina, and many other genre efforts over the years. However, a film’s success usually has less to do with how truly original its setup is and more to do with just how well it executes its premise, and the memorability of the characters that inhabit its world. Thankfully, Morgan has quite the strong supporting cast in place to bring its characters to life, including Paul Giamatti, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Yeoh, Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie, and Narcos‘ Boyd Holbrook.
With Ridley guiding things along as a producer, and a talented cast of both veterans and up-and-comers, Luke Scott really couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to kick-off his directing career. Here’s hoping he proves to be as a capable of a sci-fi filmmaker as his legendary father.
Morgan opens in U.S. theaters on September 2nd, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox