Gareth Edwards’ Sci-Fi Epic ‘The Creator’ to Open Beyond Fest

Gareth Edwards’ The Creator, starring John David Washington and Gemma Chan in a sci-fi epic about a world at war with artificial intelligence, is set to open the Beyond Fest in Los Angeles.

The action thriller from 20th Century studios also stars Allison Janney and newcomer Madeleine Voyles and will screen at the Aero Theatre. The closing night film is Kristoffer Borgli’s comedy satire Dream Scenario from A24 and starring Nicolas Cage.

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James Cameron will be at L.A.’s biggest genre festival for a special screening of The Abyss from 1989, Michael Mann will host a screening of his 1986 film Manhunter and actor Malcolm McDowell will be on hand for a special screening of Caligula: The Ultimate Cut.

Elsewhere, Joe Dante will host a screening of his 1978 thriller Piranha, Roger Corman will be in attendance for a special screening of The Raven from 1963 and Guillermo del Toro will present in-person his 2013 tentpole Pacific Rim.

Beyond Fest’s 11th edition will also give a world premiere to It’s a Wonderful Knife, introduced by director Tyler MacIntyre, as the festival is set to run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10. Other titles this year include two starring Paul Mescal, Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers and Garth Davis’ psychological drama Foe; Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of a Fall; and Kitty Green’s outback thriller The Royal Hotel.

“With over 19,000 attendees in 2022, our goal this year was to go bigger while also exposing audiences to new filmmakers who represent the future,” Beyond Fest head of programming Evrim Ersoy said in a statement.

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