Japanese robot Erica will star in a $70M science fiction movie, marking the first time an AI actor has been cast in a film. Erica was created by Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa, who also trained her to method act.
- The movie, titled b, is about a scientist who discovers dangers stemming from a human DNA program and attempts to help an AI woman (Erica) escape confinement.
- Producer Sam Khoze says filmmakers had to simulate Erica's "motions and emotions" in one-on-one sessions, including coaching her body language and character development.
- The movie is backed by Ten Ten Global Media, Happy Moon Productions, and Bondit Capital Media, which financed To the Bone and Loving Vincent.
- Ishiguro, a roboticist, is also known as "The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself."