Rejoice, John Cho fans, because he’s back and battling a futuristic HAL-9000 technology in the trailer for Afraid, coming to cinemas on August 30th.

Sony released the first trailer this week for writer-director Chris Weitz‘s thriller film, formerly known by the title They Listen. Coming from Columbia Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, Afraid centers on Curtis (Cho), whose household is selected to test a groundbreaking digital family assistant called AIA. Taking smart home to the next level, once the unit and all its sensors and cameras are installed in their home, AIA seems able to do it all. She learns the family’s behaviours and begins to anticipate their needs. However, the family soon realizes that AIA might have become a bit too… involved in the family’s lives, both inside and outside the home. Katherine Waterston stars opposite Cho.

Havana Rose Liu, David Dastmalchian, Lukita Maxwell, Keith Carradine and Riki Lindhome round out the cast. Weitz, Jason Blum and Andrew Miano serve as producers. Meanwhile, Beatriz Sequeira, Paul O. Davis, Dan Balgoyen and Britta Rowings are on board as executive producers. Chris Weitz is best known for directing The Golden Compass, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Operation Finale.

Watch the trailer for Afraid below:

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