George Clooney and Helen Mirren are unlikely to lose their jobs anytime soon but an actress is making her debut in Japan who’s quite different to any other before her.
Geminoid F is actually an android – an incredibly realistic robot - and she’s the first to land a starring role in a movie. She’s certainly not the first android to appear on the big screen after the likes of Star Wars’ C-3PO, but Geminoid F doesn’t have a real actor playing – she listens to the director and performs using her own artificial intelligence.
The ‘actress’ plays robot Leona in new Japanese film Sayonara – watch the trailer above to get a taste of her performance.
The film chronicles the aftermath of a nuclear power plant meltdown. Director Koji Fukada has even decided to list Geminoid F as a member of the cast in the end credits.
She’s made of a metal skeleton, pneumatic actuators, silicone and urethane. Although she can smile and speak using recordings or mouthing someone else’s voice, she isn’t able to walk just yet. She uses a wheelchair in the film due to an apparent knee joint problem.
Geminoid F even made an appearance on the red carpet at the film’s world premiere during the Tokyo International Film Festival.
She was created by Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro at Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory.
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