Johnny Depp to Lead Wally Pfister's Directorial Debut 'Transcendence'
Working with Christopher Nolan seems to be a nice perk as The Dark Knight Rises and Inception director of photography Wally Pfister has nabbed quite a big name for his directorial debut. Previously we only knew that the project was a sci-fi movie, but no title or cast was in place yet. Now a press release from Alcon Entertainment has announced that Johnny Depp will lead the film Transcendence, which will begin shooting early next year. Warner Bros. is distributing the film (no surprise) and the script comes from new writer Jack Paglen, developed by Straight Up Films, who will also produce Pfister's first venture as director.
All we know about the project now is that it has been described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. The story centers on a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer. Sounds a little like TRON to us, but there's probably a lot more to the story. I wouldn't be surprised if Pfister is as secretive as Nolan after working with the filmmaker on seven different films, spanning all the way back to Memento in 1999. The two have crafted some of the most beautiful images and intriguing stories in cinema over the past 15 years, so it will be interesting to see what Pfister has learned from Nolan over that time span.
In addition to Depp, THR says Noomi Rapace, Christoph Waltz and either Tobey Maguire or James McAvoy are in talks for roles as well. Pfister is obviously excited to work with Depp (and we're glad to hear another Pirates of the Caribbean isn't coming first) as the first-time director says, "Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable. I'm thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative." Depp and Pfister working on a sci-fi film? Sounds good to me.