James Franco’s bonkers new post-apocalyptic sci-fi film, Future World, has just released its first trailer, and the movie looks even crazier — and way better — than we ever expected.
The film, which Franco co-directed with Bruce Thierry Cheung, takes place in a dystopian future with a style sensibility that appears culled from the Mad Max franchise. ’80s punk-styled warlords ravage across vast deserts on various motor vehicles wreaking havoc, but where the film differs from Mad Max is in its inclusion of robots. Well, there’s one robot at least: a sex robot/assassin who’s on a quest for her own freedom and identity. The trailer seems to focus mostly on her, but the movie’s official plot description follows a boy who goes on a quest to find a miracle cure for his dying mother, and is aided by said sex robot. Here’s the synopsis:
“Inside a desert oasis, a queen (Lucy Liu) lays dying as her son Prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) travels across barren waste lands to find a near-mythical medicine to save her life. After evading violent raiders on motorbikes led by the Warlord (James Franco) and his enforcer (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), Prince meets Ash (Suki Waterhouse), the Warlord’s robot sex companion-assassin who’s in search of her own soul. As Prince is captured by the Druglord (Milla Jovovich), the Warlord’s forces roar in — and Prince fights to save the remnants of humanity.”
The film’s title should not be confused with Futureworld, the 1976 sequel to the original Westworld, though it does come across as a bit of a crossover between that franchise and Mad Max. If that sounds like something you’d be into (and of course it does), then check out the trailer below.
Future World hits theaters on May 25.