'Transcendence' Makes Rebecca Hall Female Lead Beside Johnny Depp
by Ethan Anderton
March 4, 2013
After being shortlisted for the female lead in the directorial debut from cinematographer Wally Pfister, actress Rebecca Hall (who will be seen in Iron Man 3 this summer has officially landed the role opposite Johnny Depp in the sci-fi film Transcendence. Alcon Entertainment sent out a press release today announcing the casting hot on the heels of news that Paul Bettany (who also happens to be the voice of Jarvis in Iron Man) would also have a role in the film slated to begin shooting in April. The film will have a quick turnaround from production to theaters as Warner Bros. has already set an April 25th, 2014 release.
Hall is a fine choice for the lead, and is on the verge of becoming a much more prominent leading lady. Her performance in The Town and Vicky Cristina Barcelona prove she has the talent, and she's already worked with Pfister as he was director of photography on The Prestige. The actress was shortlisted alongside Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt for the role late last year. We might get a taste of her role in the film as she will play a technological scientist in Iron Man 3 this summer as well. Of course, I wouldn't count on her getting typecast in that role anytime soon.
Though these press releases are mum on plot details, we've heard the story follows a husband and wife team who 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 uploads his brain into a prototype supercomputer. Rather than going horribly wrong, the man starts to respond in computer form and connects him to the Internet to continue to explore this breakthrough. But the terrorists are still in pursuit, trying to destroy the computer.