Robot Actor Erica Lands Role in $70 Million Sci-Fi Film 'b'

Robot Actor Erica Lands Role in $70 Million Sci-Fi Film 'b'
Artificial Intelligence is coming for everybody's jobs, they say — but we never expected it to replace Hollywood actors so quickly. Enter Erica: the world's first AI robotic movie star who has just landed her first acting gig in an upcoming sci-fi flick titled b.

The mononymous Erica was created by Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa — who also apparently taught her how to act. Her chops caught the eye of Eric Pham, Tarek Zohdy, and Sam Khoze, who wrote the story for the upcoming b.

"In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role," Khoze explained in conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

The forthcoming feature will not only star an eccentric acting robot — its budget is pretty fancy too. The film, which is currently in pre-production, will apparently run about $70 million.

According to THR, the story will follow "a scientist who discovers dangers associated with a program he created to perfect human DNA and helps the artificially intelligent woman [Erica] he designed escape."

So far, no other actors have been cast in the film. Production is expected to start in 2021.

Since the film hasn't begun shooting, it has no official trailer as of yet. You can, however, meet Erica in the video below.