“American History X” director Tony Kaye is hoping to cast an artificial intelligent (AI) “actor” as the lead of his next film, “2nd Born”, Deadline reports. The idea to cast a robot in a lead role is a joint effort between the British filmmaker and producer Sam Khoze.

Kaye hopes to train the robot in various techniques and acting methods and hopes the role will lead to recognition by the Screen Actors Guild and awards consideration. The reason behind casting AI instead of a human actor is that Kaye didn’t want to relay on makeup or computer-generated effects as films have in the past.

“2nd Born” is a sequel to the comedy “1st Born”, which stars Val Kilmer and Denise Richards and centers around a married couple’s first pregnancy. Directed by Ali Atshani, “1st Born” is set to be released later this year, and the majority of the cast is expected to return for the sequel.

Kaye was not attached to the first film and it remains unclear what role a robot will play in the sequel. The filmmaker’s other directional credits include the drama “Detachment” and the acclaimed abortion documentary “Lake of Fire.”

His debut as a director was 1998’s “American History X”, but he asked to be taken off the credits after disagreements over the final cuts of the film, according to The Guardian. Read more from businessinsider.com…

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