By A. James For Daily Mail Australia
Excited movie fans are in a frenzy of speculation over the new 20th Century Studios sci-fi epic The Creator.
Set to open in Australian theatres on September 28, the film centres on a war between artificial intelligence and humans in which a robot child holds the key to the future of mankind’s survival.
And a new action-packed trailer for the special effects blockbuster featuring Tenet actor John David Washington has kept Reddit users guessing.
According to fans, The Creator could see a sinister twist on themes explored in sci-fi classics like Terminator 2, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger’s robot killer learned ‘how to be human’.
In the preview, viewers are introduced to Joshua (Washington), a hardened ex-special forces agent who is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator.
Excited movie fans are in a frenzy of speculation over the new 20th Century Studios sci-fi epic The Creator Pictured: John David Washington in a scene from the film
Set to open in theatres Down Under on September 28, the film centres on a war between artificial intelligence and humans in which a robot child – played by Madeleine Yuna Voyles – pictured – holds the key to the future of mankind’s survival
The Creator is the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself.
However Joshua discovers the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is in the form of a young robot child called Alfie (played by Madeleine Yuna Voyles).
And though Alfie appears harmless, many viewers are speculating her apparent innocence is actually hiding a dark side.
‘Wouldn’t it be great if just for once the robot kid WAS evil?,’ a Reddit user posted, adding: ‘ ”Humans… so easy to fool!”.’
‘I kept thinking that a great twist would be that the robots just weaponized our instinctive need to protect children,’ wrote one fan.
Added another: ‘So the kid is definitely an evil robot then?’
Other users suggested the film played with the idea that the human trait to have empathy for others was a weakness to be exploited.
The new action-packed trailer for the special effects blockbuster featuring has kept Reddit users guessing about the true meaning behind the film
‘Yep. People potentially taking advantage of our empathy is a great lesson,’ wrote one Reddit follower.
They added: ‘There are tons of real life examples of how empathy can be exploited. Professional pan handlers, politicians, every time aunt Sandy calls with a sob story to hit us up for money.’
Also featured in the cast are Eternals star Gemma Chan, Ken Watanbe from Inception and Allison Janey from I, Tonya.
The Creator is directed by Gareth Edwards, who also helmed the Star Wars franchise blockbuster Rogue One and Godzilla.