The first trailer for Gerard Johnstone’s M3GAN is here – and while we don’t know exactly what’s going on, we’re not necessarily mad about it.
After young Katie (Violet McGraw) loses both parents in an accident, she is sent to live with her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams). Gemma, nervous about taking care of a child for the first time, introduces Katie to her latest work project, a lifelike AI doll called Model 3 Generative Android, or M3GAN (played by child actress Amie Donald and voiced by Jenna Davis) for short. The robot, designed by Gemma herself, is programmed to be a child’s best companion and a parent’s best ally.
Everything seems fine at first, until M3GAN gets a little too attached to Katie and will stop at nothing to defend her from harm – even pushing a little boy in front of a car, setting things on fire, or developing a will of its own and refusing to go out.
The most curious thing about the trailer, however, is the spontaneous dancing at the end. M3GAN, using some popular dance moves we’ve seen on TikTok, performs her fluid moves as a terrified Katie yells, “What’s wrong with you?!” The clip has gone viral online, with some users putting songs by Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, BTS, Taylor Swift and Beyonce on stage. Others have compared her to the (slightly creepy) baby robot used to play Renesmee Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
“you can’t dance to taylor swift” m3gan: ok so explain that pic.twitter.com/hHJtCadTJlOctober 11, 2022
Annabelle, your days are numbered. pic.twitter.com/S55lQLN5gLOctober 11, 2022
Remember her? it’s her now! #M3GAN pic.twitter.com/qxegL898ZuOctober 11, 2022
M3GAN talking to chucky and annabelle pic.twitter.com/ue2MFmB0ofOctober 11, 2022
M3GAN is directed by Gerald Johnstone and was adapted from a screenplay by clever writer Akela Cooper which was based on a story by Cooper and James Wan. The film is set to hit theaters on January 13, 2023.
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