FKA twigs to star in new horror film The Carpenter’s Son alongside Nicolas Cage

The British artist appeared in front of the US Senate last week arguing for the regulation of AI, while revealing she has created a deepfake version of herself.

A new horror film about Jesus’s childhood years, The Carpenter’s Son, is set to star FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) and Nicolas Cage.

Directed by Egyptian-American filmmaker Lofty Nathan, the screenplay is inspired by the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which was penned in the second century AD, according to Deadline.

Set to begin filming in summer, FKA twigs will take on the role of ‘the Mother’, with Cage acting the lead as ‘the Carpenter’. They will also be joined by Noah Jupe, who will play ‘the Boy’, and Soheila Yacoub, whose role has not yet been announced.

According to The Carpenter’s Son’s official synopsis, the film “tells the dark story of a family hiding out in Roman Egypt. The son, known only as ‘the Boy’, is driven to doubt by another mysterious child and rebels against his guardian, the Carpenter, revealing inherent powers and a fate beyond comprehension”.

Last week (April 30), British musician and GRAMMY nominee FKA Twigs appeared before the US Senate to testify on the threats that AI poses to musicians and the need for its regulation, while also lauding the possibilities that the technology brings.

During her testimony, she told American lawmakers that she was building her own deepfake technology that would allow her to “reach more of my fans”, while also allowing her to “spend more time making art”.

She also said: “The fact that somebody could take my voice, change lyrics, change messaging, maybe work with an artist that I didn’t want to work with, or maybe work with an artist that I wanted to work with and now the surprise is ruined, it really leaves me very raw and vulnerable.”

Revisit our 2019 cover feature with FKA twigs here.