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