Rebecca Hall to Lead Joel Edgerton’s Feature Directorial Debut

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Joel Edgerton is ready to make the leap to “feature film director”, and he’s got a pretty solid actress lined up to star in his first film.  The Wrap reports that Iron Man 3 and The Town actress Rebecca Hall is set to star in an untitled suspense thriller to be written and directed b Edgerton.  In addition to raising his profile as an actor with roles in films like The Great Gatsby, Warrior, and Animal Kingdom, Edgerton has also been working as a writer on films like Felony and The Rover, and he has two shorts under his belt as a director.

Plot details are under wraps for this contemporary suspense thriller, but Edgerton will also co-star in the film and Blumhouse Productions is onboard to produce.  Filming is scheduled to begin early next year, but you’ll be able to see Edgerton onscreen as an actor next month in Ridley Scott‘s Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, in which he plays Ramses.

TRANSCENDENCE Review

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Much like its digitized main character, Transcendence has a cold, distant personality that might understand how humans act but can’t comprehend how they feel.  It’s not too difficult to explore the dangers of a man being consumed by technology.  That story goes all the way back to the tale of Icarus.  It may feel relevant due to our investment in the Internet and the distance we create every day by putting our lives online rather than forging real personal connections, but Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut sticks to a path where other films have gone before.  The movie still asks worthwhile questions, but they’re never elevated beyond dorm-room level philosophy.  Additionally, these questions overshadow the characters, who are reduced to pieces of a conversation we’ve already had before.

Watch 7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from TRANSCENDENCE

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With Wally Pfister’s upcoming directorial debut Transcendence opening April 18th, Warner Bros. has provided us with seven clips and thirteen minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the movie.  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.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but the big question is can he make the leap to the director’s chair.  So far the marketing materials have promised Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and I’m very curious what audiences are going to think.

Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Johnny Depp Explores the World of Artificial Intelligence in New Featurette for TRANSCENDENCE

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Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for director Wally Pfister’s sci-fi film Transcendence.  The pic deals with the issues surrounding the reality of artificial intelligence, as Johnny Depp plays a scientist who becomes the subject of his work when his consciousness is uploaded into a supercomputer.  Instead of offering a look behind the scenes, this featurette mainly focuses on clearly explaining the plot to those that might still be confused regarding the nature of Transcendence.  The film continues to look interesting, but I’m starting to worry that the amount of footage that’s been released has given away the entire main arc of the story.  Regardless, it’s nice to see Depp in a role that doesn’t hide him behind elaborate makeup effects, and there are certainly some big ideas to be explored with the central premise.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette, and click here for 35 high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th.

35 New Images from TRANSCENDENCE Featuring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara

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Warner Bros. has released a batch of high-resolution images from Wally Pfister’s upcoming 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.  Pfister has done excellent work as a cinematographer in recent years with films like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Moneyball, but I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair.  The marketing materials have promised that Transcendence is a smart, sci-fi-tinged thriller, and so far this looks to be a strong debut feature from Pfister.

Hit the jump to check out the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cole Hauser, and Clifton Collins Jr.  Transcendence opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on April 18th.

6 New Images from Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany [UPDATED]

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Warner Bros. has released six new images from Wally Pfister’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, 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.  These images focus primarily on Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany, who 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.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Cillian MurphyClifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 18th. [Update: We've added a new featurette after the jump.]

New Trailer for TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut Transcendence.  The sci-fi film stars Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, a researcher at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence science who becomes intimately entwined with his research after an attack by the anti-technology terrorist group, R.I.F.T.  Whereas the first trailer was a quick rundown of the film’s premise, this second trailer shows things down a bit to give us a good look at what Pfister has put together.  The pic looks like a tense and trippy science-fiction thriller almost in the vein of Videodrome, and I’m very curious to see to what extent Pfister explores the larger implications of tech-growth in our digital age.  My only qualm with this trailer is that it looks like it might be giving away too much of the story, but hopefully Pfister is keeping further surprises under wraps.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Paul BettanyRebecca HallKate MaraCillian MurphyClifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman.  Transcendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 17th.

First Trailer for A PROMISE, Starring Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden and Alan Rickman

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Although writer-director Patrice Leconte’s romantic period drama A Promise played at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the French filmmaker’s English-language debut has yet to land a U.S. release date (though it will premiere in France this coming April).  Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel “Journey into the Past” and set in 1912 Germany, the film centers a love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.  We premiered an exclusive clip from the film a few months back, but the first trailer is now available.  Hit the jump to check it out.

First Images from Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman

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Earlier this week, we got the official synopsis for Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception), and now the first images have gone online.  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.  “It’s a very timely subject as we find we have to update the software on our cell phones before we can even make a call,” Pfister tells Entertainment Weekly.  He also jokes that Depp looks like a regular guy in this movie, which is a change of pace for the actor.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens in 2D and IMAX on April 18, 2014.

Exclusive Clip from A PROMISE Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival gets underway later this week, and we here at Collider are happy to bring you an exclusive clip from a film that will be playing as part of the special presentation selection: A Promise.  Set in 1912 Germany, the film revolves around a love triangle between an ailing factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young bride (Rebecca Hall), and his protégé, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.  Inspired by Stefan Zweig’s novel Journey into the Past, the pic marks the English-language debut of French filmmaker Patrice Leconte.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

CLOSED CIRCUIT Review

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Sometimes a film perfectly fits into current events.  The filmmakers can perhaps glean the zeitgeist, but there’s no way of knowing that the release of the finished product will coincide with the day’s headlines.  John Crowley‘s Closed Circuit could clearly see the privacy-versus-security argument through the Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) that dominate London.  Someone is always watching, and that’s supposed to lower crime, but it can also be seen as a way of seeing every citizen as a potential criminal or victim.  Crowley and screenwriter Steven Knight couldn’t have known that someone like Edward Snowden would come forward and reveal a massive surveillance program being conducted by the NSA and CIA.  They also couldn’t know that the partner of the journalist who assisted Snowden would be detained at the airport by British authorities several months later.  With Closed Circuit, Crowley hasn’t just made a tense, mature thriller, but one where the story’s immediacy is felt throughout.

Rebecca Hall Talks CLOSED CIRCUIT, Working in and Around London, and What Attracted Her to TRANSCENDENCE

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The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit tells the story of two ex-lovers, Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall), who are bound together on the defense team for a high-profile terrorism case that turns out to be such a far-reaching conspiracy that it places both of their lives in jeopardy.  From director John Crowley, the film also stars Ciarán Hinds, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Anne-Marie Duff and Julia Stiles.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Rebecca Hall talked about why she found this story so gripping and intriguing, making sure the complicated issues in the film were easy for audiences to digest, how much fun she had working with Eric Bana, what made their characters’ romantic relationship so interesting, how exciting it was to get to work in and around London in real locations, and how she feels about the concept of being spied on.  She also talked about what attracted her to Transcendence, and what it was like to work with acclaimed cinematographer Wally Pfister on his directorial debut.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Watch 5 Clips from John Crowley’s CLOSED CIRCUIT Starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall

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Today, we’re bringing you five clips from Focus Features’ new thriller, Closed CircuitJohn Crowley (Boy A) directs Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall as “two ex-lovers, Martin and Claudia, [who] find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.”  The plot works in aspects of a legal drama along with MI-6 and terrorist cell elements, drawing its title from the closed-circuit cameras blanketing London.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Jim Broadbent, Kenneth Cranham, Anne-Marie Duff, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles.  Closed Circuit opens August 28th.

First Images from WORDS AND PICTURES, A PROMISE, CHILD OF GOD, and THE WIND RISES

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Words and Pictures (Directed by Fred Schepisi) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
  • A Promise (Directed by Patrice Leconte) Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden.
  • Child of God (Directed by James Franco) Starring James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jim Parrack.
  • The Wind Rises (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki) Featuring the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Mansai Nomura.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

Promo Poster, Set Photo, and Featurette for Wally Pfister’s TRANSCENDENCE Starring Johnny Depp

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Filming is underway on Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception).  The film revolves around a group of scientists trying to build the first self-aware supercomputer, and Depp plays a man who uploads his brain to the machine, but is then killed.  The film is being co-financed by Beijing-based company DMG Entertainment, but unlike its previous collaborations on Iron Man 3 and Looper, there will be no Chinese-specific footage in Transcendence.  DMG found Dan Mintz tells the L.A. Times that the movie “is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide.”  He continued that the story is “more science reality than science fiction” and that it something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes.  That’s an interesting and also somewhat creepy concept, and I’m interested to see what Pfister will do with it.

Hit the jump to check out a photo from the set, a promo poster, and a brief international featurette that has Rebecca Hall giving a shout out to the people of China.  The film also stars Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Paul Bettany, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser, and Morgan FreemanTranscendence opens April 18, 2014.

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