The feature debut for Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Memento, Inception) is beginning to come together, and it's quickly shaping up to be quite the anticipated film. Deadline reports that Johnny Depp is now in negotiations to star in the movie, which will be called Transcendence. This is the first time the title of the film has been revealed, and while the plot is under wraps -- save for recent comments from Pfister saying it'll be a "present-day science-fiction film, a fairly big concept." -- THR's Borys Kit reveals it's being described as "2001 meets Inception," and that's it's about "a man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness. Depp will play a husband who gets sucked into the computer." Word has it the story may change a bit as Pfister is still working on the script.
THR's story also adds that Noomi Rapace is being considered for the female lead, while James McAvoy and Tobey Maguire are "possibilities" for the other male lead. Christoph Waltz has also been offered a supporting role.
Traditionally transcendence means to travel beyond the state of oneself, and so the whole "sucked into a computer program" makes sense. Remember, this is the guy who shot Inception -- a close friend and associate of Christopher Nolan -- so we expect this to be a bit of a "thinker" and something that may attempt to mess with our heads.
What interests us is seeing Johnny Depp star in a movie that doesn't involve ridiculous amounts of makeup and/or Tim Burton. We'd very much like to see Depp take on some challenging adult content -- something that taps into his more dramatic capabilities instead of his whimsical or cartoonish side.
Expect Transcendence in 2014, and we'll definitely keep you up to speed on this one if we hear more.
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