Now playing in theaters is Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence. The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and when lead researcher Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) becomes the target of anti-technology extremists, he unexpectedly becomes a participant in his own transcendence. Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany play two of Will’s fellow researchers, and as we’ve seen from the trailer, they have conflicting viewpoints on turning their co-worker into a computer. The film also stars Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr. For more on Transcendence, click here to watch some clips and here’s all our previous coverage.
Last week at the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Freeman. He talked about how he got involved in the project, working with Pfister, if he thinks great directors share some common traits, if directors get intimidated working with him, if he thought The LEGO movie would be such a huge hit, Luc Besson’s Lucy, how he won’t be in London Has Fallen (the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen), how he might be doing a remake of Going in Style, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.