For his first official gig as a director, Wally Pfister has built up a mountain in Transcendence that almost seems in danger of collapsing beneath its own weight. Pfister’s high-profile background as Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, a high-profile cast, and a high-concept plot could all come together to create a modern classic. But pardon me for letting skepticism make itself at home.
Transcendence has added yet another talented actor to its cast, as Cole Hauser has signed on. While Pitch Black has been his only real work within the sci-fi genre, Hauser is a flexible actor, capable of taking on a multitude of roles with average success. He’s been on an action streak here lately, starring in both A Good Day to Die Hard and Olympus Has Fallen.
The highly secretive plot involves scientists making life-changing discoveries, and Depp’s character possibly being uploaded into a supercomputer with a malevolent streak. It’s been called a cross between Inception and 2001: A Space Odyssey. And just in case that brief description made you think Hauser might be playing a scientist or computer technician, cast those thoughts aside. He’ll be playing a military officer.
Should all go according to schedule, Transcendence will see its nationwide release on April 25, 2014. Perhaps by that time, another six or seven actors will have been added.