Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall Up for Female Lead in TRANSCENDENCE Opposite Johnny Depp

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Just yesterday some intriguing plot details for director Wally Pfister’s upcoming sci-fi film Transcendence landed online, and now it appears that the female lead has been narrowed down to three actress.  Pfister, who is Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, is making his feature directorial debut on the project which stars Johnny Depp as a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself.  The story also involves two other leads that are also scientists, a character named Evelyn who is Depp’s wife, and a character named Max.

Per Deadline, Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall (The Town) are all in the running for the role of Evelyn, with a decision due to be made on Friday.  Blunt’s dates on the Tom Cruise-fronted sci-fi actioner All You Need Is Kill are still being worked out, so the report notes that the conflict could affect her availability. These are three fine actresses with tremendous talent, so whatever the final result may be, I think Transcendence is in good shape.  Production is set to begin on March 4th.




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  • Mars

    Very diverse choices, Wally.

  • TotesMcGotes

    Just not Blunt. She’s everywhere now,she doesn’t need it.

  • Ashlee

    I think hall would have the edge since she’s close in age but also since she worked with wally on the prestige

  • Know-It-All

    The plot is the reverse of the cancelled NBC series, Chuck. The Intersect (basically a computer) is accidentally downloaded into Chuck’s brain turning him into a national security asset who must be protected by government agents.

  • Know-It-All

    The plot is the reverse of the cancelled NBC series, Chuck. The Intersect (basically a computer) is accidentally downloaded into Chuck\’s brain turning him into a national security asset who must be protected by government agents.

  • Know-It-All

    The plot is the reverse of the cancelled NBC series, Chuck. The Intersect (basically a computer) is accidentally downloaded into Chuck\\\’s brain turning him into a national security asset who must be protected by government agents.

  • Know-It-All

    Sorry for the repeated comment. Apparently the security code doesn’t like me.

  • tina d

    Yeah, can he choose an actress that is closer to Depp’s age? I hate this kind of Hollywood trope.

    • Alan

      Yeah, it’s weird. 25 years ago, Tom Cruise was working with actress actually older than he was, now they’re all in a late-20s/early-30s age bracket, and Depp consistently works with 20-something actress. But I think it is just a matter of branding/commerce: actresses over 40 either (a) aren’t ‘exciting’ enough for tabloids or (b) are too expensive, so why not go for an ingénue?

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