Paul Bettany Cast Alongside Depp in Pfister's Sci-Fi 'Transcendence'

February 28, 2013
Source: Deadline

Paul Bettany

We just got confirmation yesterday that Johnny Depp will definitely be starring in Transcendence, the upcoming directorial debut of longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister. It sounds like a pretty out-there science fiction drama, already being compared to 2001 and Inception, and a recent script summary revealed Depp's character's brain gets uploaded into a computer (along with some other spoilery details). Christian Bale was being courted to play one of the leads, but Deadline reports that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star, so it looks Bale might have, well, bailed on the project but he's still unconfirmed.

Be warned of possible mild spoilers ahead, but we're guessing that Bettany has locked down the role of Will, one of three scientists (along with Depp's character Max and Will's wife Evelyn, who has yet to be cast) who develops the code for the world's first fully-self aware computer. That's about all I need to know about this project (again, read more spoilery details here if you're into that sort of thing), because I'm already sold on this project based on Pfister and Depp's talent alone. Bettany is an added bonus at this point, so now we just have to wait and see who ends up with the female lead and whether or not Bale is involved in the story. Transcendence is scheduled to start shooting in April, so expect more casting updates in the coming weeks.

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  • Thank you for omitting all the spoilers, very much appreciated.
  • I suspect that it's the other way around. That Depp is Will (in all the reports has been said that the main actress will be Depp's wife) also it's the MAIN character of the movie. And to cast Bettany as a computer again (after Jarvis), will be a little repetitive!. Anyway, Bettany is perfect for the rational Max, and Depp will be very "believable" as the reason to live for any woman (his wife in the movie) - wink-
  • eileen I dared to compose my version of sound explication of emotions, shown last trailer, in spite of everything. I tried to make it as natural and this music does not contain special effects. Eileen -




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