Cinematographer Wally Pfister has worked with Christopher Nolan on most of his films, from Memento to The Dark Knight Rises. The Academy Award-winning cinematographer is now branching off to make his own films, starting with his debut feature film, Transcendence. To make sure his first film as a director will be a sure-fire hit, Pfister has added Johnny Depp to the cast of the upcoming science fiction movie.
According to Deadline, Johnny Depp is now confirmed to star in Transcendence. There are no official plot details available, but it is rumored that Depp will play a scientist whose brain is uploaded into a supercomputer. Transcendence will explore ideas of human existence and computer technology as a group of scientists attempt to merge the two. Actors Emily Blunt, Rebecca Hall, and Rooney Mara have been rumored to join the cast.
There was some concern that Johnny Depp would not be able to work on Transcendence because of his committments to the Irish mob movie Black Mass (based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob). It appears Depp will do both projects, but will work on Transcendence first.
Screenwriter Jack Paglen wrote Transcendence, which was on the so-called Black List of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood last year. Warner Bros. will distribute the film, and Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas will serve as the film’s executive producers. With Depp now attached to the project, Transcendence will be one of the most anticipated movies of 2014.
Principal photography on Transcendence will begin this April.