Kate Mara Joins Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's Debut 'Transcendence'
by Ben Pearson
March 27, 2013
Though her sister Rooney has received a lot of attention lately, it looks like it's finally Kate Mara's time to shine. The up-and-coming actress, who's starred in films like We Are Marshall, Shooter, and 127 Hours, recently snagged a lead role in the excellent Netflix political drama "House of Cards" opposite Kevin Spacey, and it seems as if she's caught the eye of some powerful people in Hollywood. Deadline reports that Mara has joined the cast of sci-fi film Transcendence, the directorial debut of Chris Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister which has Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Paul Bettany set to star already. More below!
The plot is still being kept under wraps, but leaked details emerged a few months ago indicate the film will follow three scientists - Max (Bettany), and the husband and wife team of Will and Evelyn (Depp and Hall) - as they develop a programming code for the first self-aware computer. But when a group of anti-technology terrorists try to assassinate the husband, his wife helps upload his brain into a prototype supercomputer.
We're not sure how Mara fits into the equation here (maybe the leader or a member of the anti-tech group?), but this is undoubtedly a big break that will bring her a ton of deserved exposure. Aside from her gorgeous good looks, Mara has brought an emotional depth to many of her roles that we don't often see from young actors (male or female). She was terrific in Brad Anderson's underrated and underseen film Transsiberian, so if you're looking to familiarize yourself with some of her work, check that out. It's also slightly ironic that Kate ended up with a role in this film, since it was actually Rooney who was once rumored for the female lead. Shooting on Transcendence begins next month, and the movie will hit theaters on April 25th, 2014.