Never heard or seen a real-life Robot in a movie right? 2020 hasn’t ceased to amaze us. An artificially intelligent Robot has been signed in as the main lead to star in a $70 million sci-fi movie. This humanoid robot is named Erica. Erica is the realistic android Robot designed to look like a 23-year-old woman. It is an advanced android designed as a research platform to study human-robot interaction. This humanoid robot can also talk and was created by Hiroshi Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan.
The movie will revolve around the story of a Scientist, who will produce a program to create a perfect DNA, and right there the story will take a major shift where things will go wrong and dangerous. Al robot erica must escape the lab, and he has to help her go out.
This movie has been developed by visual effects supervisor Eric Pham, Tarek Zohdy, and Sam Khoze, who also produces.
When it comes to acting in movies, you may think how can a robot do that? Well, her creators Ishiguro and Ogawa have taught Erica to act by applying method acting principles to Artificial Intelligence.
Further, the producer while talking about the movie said: “In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role,” Sam Khoze, a producer involved with the film, told THR. “But Erica has no life experiences. She was created from scratch to play the role. We had to simulate her motions and emotions through one-on-one sessions, such as controlling the speed of her movements, talking through her feelings, and coaching character development and body language.”
You will see Erica on the Big screen in 2021. The movie’s shooting will start in 2021. Still, the director of the movie is undecided, as the producers are also looking for Erica’s human co-stars.
Erica had set to make her silver debut in a different project, which was to be directed by Tony Kaye (American History X) but sadly because of a schedule conflict, the project was altogether dropped.
Erica has shot some of her scenes in Japan in 2019, and the rest of the shoot will happen in Europe in summer 2021, as the whole movie industry has halted because of covid19.
The $70-million film will be backed by Belgium-based Happy Moon Productions, New York’s Ten Ten Global Media, and Bandit Media Capital, which funded Oscar-nominated film “Loving Vincent”.
It is already known that Hollywood had been creative in casting, and in making movies before. Back in last year, MOI Worldwide and Image Engine announced that they will be using James Dean in Finding Jack, a live-action film about the Vietnam War. The shocking thing was that James Dean has been dead for 65 years.
After the movie’s announcement, it has now been placed among the audience’s Most awaited movies of 2021.