Johnny Depp to Lead Wally Pfister's Directorial Debut 'Transcendence'

October 24, 2012
Source: THR

Johnny Depp

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.

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Not a Jonny fan, but I'm very interested to see Pfister's potential in the director's chair without Nolan's heavy hand. And sci-fi will allow him a lot of room to show it off.

Drake on Oct 24, 2012


I heard this movie is about a guy who thinks he's the best DP on Earth, so he set's off into space looking for his equal.

racquetman on Oct 24, 2012


Always been a big fan of Depp since I watched him on 21 Jump Street as a kid. Didnt enjoy The Astronauts Wife so much so I'm excited to see him in another sci-fi film with a promising director.

Marc Callado on Oct 24, 2012


i like depp too - but, his recent "rum diaries" was a serious mistake - that was a rambling mess....nice location scenery though.

beevis on Oct 24, 2012


only rum was a mistake ? what about potc 4, the tourist, dark shadows, alice in wonderland ? all magnificent films right ?! of all his recent films only rango was decent oh and he wasnt even acting in that one, i hope lone ranger is at least enjoyable

jkrt on Oct 25, 2012


i guess you didn't really read my post - i was talking about RECENTLY......which is why i wrote the word RECENT. and where in my post did i write those films you mentioned were "magnificent"? look - i don't mind a friendly discussion - but if you're not going to read the post correctly and then try to act like an ass on top of it - don't comment......ok?

beevis on Oct 25, 2012


Can any other man pull off wearing eyeliner like Depp can? I don't think so.

Chuckee Knowlton on Oct 24, 2012


Depp and (possibly) Noomi Rapace... Hell yeah! I've been imagining them working together and I feel the chemistry would be tremendous. And Depp's certainly racking up the roles lately with this and the Wes Anderson project. Just wish the Pirates shit would be done already.

Marcusbrdunn on Oct 25, 2012

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