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When Hilary Swank‘s name comes up, we tend to flashback to her early films, like 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, both of which won her a Best Actress Oscar.

Since then, she’s stepped into other genres, starring in rom-coms like P.S. I Love You and New Year’s Eve. More recently she tackled the biopic with 2009’s Amelia, in which she portrayed pilot Amelia Earhart.

Now, she’s diving back into sci-fi for the first time in nearly 15 years (she starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in 2003’s The Core) with the forthcoming film I Am Mother, reports Empire.

Swank is teaming up with first-time film director Grant Sputore, who is credited with the TV series Castaway (2011) and the short film Legacy (2008).

The film revolves around a new generation of humans, looked after by a robot called Mother. The robot isn’t just a caretaker, but charged with repopulating Earth following the extinction of humankind. That’s quite the undertaking.

We don’t know much about the film — yet — but it appears the humans now on Earth trust Mother as their parent, despite her being AI. Then, Swank’s character turns up, “blood-drenched,” claiming things are not as they seem.

Are they ever? If they were, it’d be a rather boring story, we suppose.

Swank is joined by actress Clara Rugaard (Good Favour), who portrays a human who is close to Mother. Filming has begun in South Australia, but a release date has yet to be announced.

You can also look for Swank in Danny Boyle‘s TV series, Trust, about the kidnapping of tycoon Jean Paul Getty‘s grandson in the early 1970s. The series is scheduled for a 2018 premiere on FX in the U.S.

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By Brigid Brown