Wally Pfister Also Nabs Morgan Freeman For a 'Transcendence' Role
by Alex Billington
April 11, 2013
Briefly: Though shooting is weeks away from starting and a full cast is already lined up, cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister is still announcing a few names in his cast. The latest addition is legendary Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, who has been appearing in a number of sci-fi roles recently, including Oblivion next week and Now You See Me coming up in the summer. Freeman is obviously a key member of the "Nolan family", as Christopher Nolan is producing Transcendence, the feature directing debut of his cinematographer Wally Pfister. The sci-fi action film also stars Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. At the moment, it's currently scheduled for release starting April 25th early next year.
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. Alcon Entertainment is financing and producing Transcendence, with Warner Bros releasing in mid-2014. The script was written by Jack Paglen, with rewrites by Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg. We'll probably hear of a few more actors joining the cast before shooting starts, but we're already looking forward to this.
Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall...can you say 'star-studded'? Must be quite a script...or Nolan being a producer is an attractive prospect...or Pfister can give a hell of a pitch...or some combination of all of those things. Either way I'm excited. Summer starts on April 25th in 2014.
Chris Groves on Apr 11, 2013
I read the script, the spec version that is, it's not bad. It's kind of like Terminator Salvation meets 2001. The supercomputer called Will, Depp's brain, is like Hal and then by the third act transforms into a Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen type of a figure. It's awesome.
The Mechanic on Apr 11, 2013
it's not bad or awesome? Make up your mind please!
Avi on Apr 12, 2013
It's awesome. Not memorable or overly fantastic.
The Mechanic on Apr 13, 2013
OK...now I want Freeman in Interstellar too!
Freeman is the man on Apr 12, 2013
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