M3GAN Trailer Has James Wan Toying With Killer Robots

Director Gerard Johnstone and James Wan takes Small Wonder meets Child's Play and turns it into his own robotic nightmare.

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James Wan turned the horror genre backward with his sleeper hit Malignant in 2021 and now plans to do the same with his follow-up in the robot toy-turned-killer film M3GAN. An acronym for model three generative android, M3GAN is about a young girl who loses her parents and roboticist aunt who takes care of her. On a whim, the aunt (played by Girls' Allison Williams) takes her niece (Violet McGraw) to work and introduces her to a prototype of a new toy that's designed specifically for a child to never feel lonely.

You can imagine things don't go exactly well when the titular M3GAN takes protecting her new friend to a deadly level. You can check out the first trailer below.

The story is co-written by Wan and Aleka Cooper, who was one of the writers for Malignant. It's directed by Gerard Johnstone, who has also been tapped to write the script for the upcoming Justice League Dark feature, should that ever come to fruition.

The film stars prominent voice actor Jenna Davis (Infinity Train) for M3GAN's voice and newcomer Amie Donald as the suit actor. It also features Ronny Chieng (Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings), Arlo Green (Netflix's Cowboy Bebop), Brian Jordan Alverez (Will and Grace), Jen Van Epps (Power Rangers: Dino Fury), and Stephane Garneau-Monten (Netflix's Sweet Tooth).

Moments from the trailer have become instantly memetic with M3GAN dancing as she goes on the hunt. Much like Malignant, we can probably expect there to be several moments throughout the movie that will have a similar effect.

M3GAN arrives to theaters January 13, 2023.

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