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.

Via EW.



Here’s the official synopsis for Transcendence:

Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed—to be a participant in his own transcendence. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Johnny Depp’s next bomb

    • see then judge

      Does a movie with great script,amazing cast and awesome director seems like a bomb to you???One thing to say to you:Haters gonna Hate!!!

      • Gozilla

        Have you even read the script? I have, it’s not good.

      • Willy Billy

        All the people who read the script said it’s amazing.

      • see then judge

        Yes i read it and i found it amazing and fresh.Nothing like other scripts that i read.Plus,the cast is so talented,every single one of them,that you might like what they created with the script.I will definitely go to check this out.Maybe you should go too.You might like it.

      • Avmir

        The script of this movie was at the “Black List” of the best scripts last year (and it was reported in this same site) ;)

    • Willy Billy

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! you made me laugh my A$$ off! This movie is going to be a hit and how the hell are you writing it off before you even saw the trailer?

    • Sten

      Boxofficemojo on Johnny Depp:

      Average: $76,757,023

      Worldwide total: $8,032.0 million

      Yeah, he bombed big time…

  • El actor secundario Bob

    Breaking news: Johnny Depp is playing a normal guy. Seriously.


    • D

      He has a nervous breakdown halfway through the movie and thinks he’s a seven year old, at which point he wears kabuki makeup for the rest of the film.

      • Willy Billy

        Not funny!

  • The Flobbit

    Johnny Depp sharpening his formidable acting chops, Morgan “Always Reliable” Freeman, one of the most charismatic British actresses in years, the electrifying Cillian Murphy, the brilliant Paul Bettany, a brilliant cinematographer as director, and a thought-provoking premise.

    What’s not to like?

    • Nomis1700

      For me Paul Bettany, but I agree on every other level :D

      • Willy Billy

        You prefer PB over JD? Lol, OK OK it’s just you.

      • Nomis1700

        Flobbit said, “what’s not to like?”, I said it’s PB for me (so who I do not like) but I agree with everything else he said.

    • Sten

      “Morgan Freeman, one of the most charismatic British actresses in years”

      But seriously, you`re right (not in a grammatical sense, but still…).

  • James

    It will be good to see Depp play a normal guy again.

    • The Flobbit

      Depp is never normal. He will always be cooler than you. Even when he plays idiots.

    • axalon

      Depp’s character is definitely not normal in this

      • Willy Billy

        Well, At least he looks normal.

  • Liderc

    He’s a great actor, just needs to take on some normal roles and great scripts.

    I was watching The Ninth Gate with Depp and he’s a solid actor, and weirdly funny too in this like dry humor that I imagine only somewhat intelligent people pick up. I’m sure it’s not widely as popular as Pirates, but I loved seeing him just playing a normal guy in a somewhat crazy world.

  • Sten

    Reading the synopsis I can’t shake the feeling that Johnny Depp plays his first bad guy! Interesting. Although you could say he already played one in “Once upon a time in Mexico” and “Sweeney Todd”. But not really, in the end, I guess.

    I’m in.

    • lordjim

      he played the bad guy in “secret window”

  • Nerdgasm

    Batman 4.0 by it’s looks. I just have a feeling that his look to things will make this movie suck much like the failed Spirit did because of Sin City. Not mention I’ve never really liked his ways of shooting. Depp is a terrible actor. Morgan Freeman just calls in characters – does it make him a dud for me? NO not in any way but he’s not a good actor anymore he’s just Morgan Freeman, invictus was his chance and he failed. I am happy to see Hall, Cillian and Bettany get in a movie that will be high profile. I’ll probably check it out but I am not impressed yet. I’ll wait till the trailer to say wether I want to see it in theater or video.

    • Willy Billy

      Depp who has been in the showbiz for 30 years and been nominated for the Oscar 3 times and won a GG and a SAG is a terrible actor? wow!

  • brNdon

    The synopsis is oozing with Nolan’s influence. I hope Pfister hasn’t been institutionalized from living in the Nolanverse for too long.

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  • Kevynn

    Get some help man.

  • Cock Johnson

    Haha first I’ve heard anyone ever say that

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