Who plays M3GAN the doll in the killer new horror film?

She's not like anything else in the toy box, but who plays M3GAN the doll—or is this nightmare computer generated?

M3GAN the AI doll
(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Who plays M3GAN the doll? It appears we have a new contender for the best Halloween movies—and it's only January! 

Our screen time is off to an incredibly creepy start in 2023 thanks to M3GAN, a sci-fi horror film about an AI doll (Model 3 Generative Android) who wreaks havoc upon meeting her young owner. Sure, the doe-eyed toy looks like an American Girl, but don't let the dress and oversized bow fool you—she's has quite a lot in common with Chucky. 

So, who plays horror's young villainess, or is M3GAN a product of clever special effects?

"I don't want to give away any of the magic of how she's achieved, but getting M3GAN onscreen was really difficult. It kind of brought us all together, because it required the collaboration of the full crew," Get Out actor Allison Williams, who plays Gemma in the film, revealed to Entertainment Weekly

She continued, "It was certainly a unique performative experience for me, playing scenes with M3GAN. I don't know that I'll ever have that experience again."

Color us intrigued!

Who plays M3GAN the doll?

M3GAN is played by child actor Amie Donald and voiced by Jenna Davis. At times, it might seem as if you need to do a double-take: M3GAN is lifelike...but there's something different about her (and we're not just talking about her looks). Sans makeup and effects, young Amie looks like any other 12 year old.

What is 'M3GAN' about?

Sadly, young Cady (Violet McGraw) is orphaned at just 8 years old and is now the responsibility of her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams). Not only is Gemma preoccupied with her career, but the roboticist doesn't know the first thing about parenting. Heck, she confesses that she can barely take care of her houseplants. 

Gemma believes a quick cure for her woes is gifting her niece with her M3GAN prototype, a lifelike doll who goes to great lengths to ensure the young girl's safety. But what happens when M3GAN gets a little too attached...and her actions turn violent? It seems this is one toy that shouldn't have been removed from its packaging. Too bad turning her off isn't as simple as you'd think!

Is there a 'M3GAN' trailer?

We've been treated to several sneak peeks at the AI doll's violent antics, and we'll admit, we're a bit stunned by her capabilities. Consider her to be the new Annabelle...but worse. (Yes, M3GAN is still evil, even with a Taylor Swift song playing in the background.)

In an interview with Collider, filmmaker James Wan, who's also known for Saw and Insidious, revealed that the idea for M3GAN came from a pre-pandemic work chat, where he and his colleagues decided to delve into the killer doll sub-genre just a bit more. 

"I'm known as the creepy puppet guy, the killer doll guy, but I've actually never made a killer doll movie," he revealed to the outlet. Now, M3GAN is "alive" and predicted to rank in $20 million on its opening weekend, Collider further reports.

"They [director Gerard Johnstone and writer Akela Cooper] really infuse M3GAN with a lot of personality, and she just has such cheekiness to her that really comes across," Wan added.

When does 'M3GAN' premiere?

M3GAN premieres on Friday, January 6. At this time, the film is only available in theaters, though Universal Pictures projects typically end up on Peacock after their theatrical debut. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more, but for now, you're going to want to have a look at your local showtimes. 

While you wait for M3GAN's grand arrival, be sure to check out the best scary movies on Netflix or get lost in the new Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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