Florence Pugh, Oscar nominee and star of Midsommar, Fighting With My Family, and the long-anticipated MCU Black Widow, has been tapped to play a killer sex robot in Apple Studios’ upcoming project Dolly. Vanessa Taylor, who wrote the screenplays for Divergent and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and was a co-executive producer on HBO’s Game of Thrones, will be penning the script alongside Drew Pearce. Pearce is known for his work on high-profile blockbusters such as Iron Man 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and Fast & Furious: Hobbes & Shaw.
The film is inspired by a short story from popular American author Elizabeth Bear, a sci-fi courtroom drama where an artificially intelligent “companion doll” kills its billionaire owner only to plead not guilty and demand a lawyer. The police must then work out whether the AI was the murder weapon, or the murderer.
Though Apple Studios did win the bidding war to secure Dolly, it’s important to note that the project is not yet greenlit. The script is so far unwritten, and a director still needs to be attached. Regardless, with an intriguing premise, Pugh’s name attached, and a fantastic writing team, Dolly has all the hallmarks of a fascinating science fiction film.