His latest film, Oblivion, is getting middling reviews, but it looks like Morgan Freeman will follow it up with another science fiction movie. Freeman is set to join the cast of Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Transcendence.
Variety is reporting that the Academy Award-winning actor will re-team with Wally Pfister on the mysterious science fiction film. Freeman previously worked with Pfister on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy: Freeman played Lucius Fox, while Pfister served as the cinematographer on all of Nolan’s Batman films. The Transcendence cast already includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.
Not much is known about the plot of Transcendence, but the film is said to follow three scientists (perhaps Freeman will play one of them) as they try to combine human intelligence with computer technology. After one of the scientists is assassinated (most likely Johnny Depp), the others try to upload his brilliant brain into a supercomputer.
Morgan Freeman gained recognition in the late ’80s with standout performances in Driving Miss Daisy, Lean on Me, and Glory. He was later featured in iconic roles in The Shawshank Redemption and David Fincher’s Se7en in the ’90s. Freeman even played the President of the United States in the asteroid disaster movie Deep Impact. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby in 2004. He can be seen in the post-apocalyptic science fiction film Oblivion later this month.
Christopher Nolan and his wife and producing partner, Emma Thomas, will serve as the film’s executive producers. Transcendence will open in theaters everywhere on April 25, 2014, in IMAX.
And because why not, here’s Morgan Freeman’s Presidential speech from Deep Impact.