Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’: New Plot Details, Casting and Johnny Depp’s Role [Updated]

[Update: According to a new report, the part of the female lead is down to Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall.]

There’s no getting around the fact that Dark Knight trilogy mastermind Christopher Nolan’s success has impacted the industry, in terms of blockbuster marketing; not to mention, how other tentpole franchises have begun to borrow from his bag of tricks. Similarly, Nolan’s Inception has kept the floodgates open for more original big-budget science-fiction entertainment that incorporates recurring themes and ideas from its director’s collective body of work (see: M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion).

Currently, Nolan’s Oscar-winning director of photography Wally Pfister is getting in on that same game with his directorial debut: Transcendence, an original high-concept sci-fi project scripted by newcomer Jack Paglen and starring Johnny Depp. So far, insiders are ...

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