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Cory Hardrict Joins Morgan Freeman In Sci-Fi Thriller 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 20, 2013 1:26 PM
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Cory Hardrict

Cory Hardrict is a name that doesn't get mentioned often, when conversations are had about upcoming or even existing young black male actors. I'd readily admit that I haven't been watching his career as closely as I probably should; although I plan to invest time watching some of his most recent performances to catch up, ahead of roles in upcoming features, including this one, recently-announced.

Hardrict has joined the cast of the sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp.

Morgan Freeman co-stars in the film, which is DP Wally Pfister's directorial debut, based on a script by Jack Paglen, developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films.

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are executive producers.

Full story details as well as what character each actor will play, are being kept under-wraps, other than the logline which reads: A scientist has his brain uploaded into a computer in a cutting edge experiment.

Hardrict will play a member of an anti-technology organization known as the RIFT Unit.

Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Cole Hauser, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy round out the cast.

Shooting has begun in Los Angeles, with Alcon Entertainment financing and producing, and an April 252014 release set via Warner Bros.

Hardrict was last seen in Warm Bodies and next appears as part of the cast of Lovelace, which stars Amanda Seyfried.

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  • George sans | May 28, 2013 10:52 PMReply

    What is taking this guy so long to find great roles I wanna see him in a lead role so he can finally arrive!

  • starry118 | May 22, 2013 8:29 PMReply

    He's a good actor & I hope this will be his breakout role. Congratulations Cory Hardrict!

  • jj Williams | May 21, 2013 2:18 AMReply

    Tambay I'm so angered this boy ain't broke out yet you always show cory love I see is there a way we can put him with spike lee or lee Daniels etc..his screen presence is second to none when you mention all these young black actors..the world is missing out on a young artist that can become a legend one day!

  • ALM | May 20, 2013 7:44 PMReply

    Congrats! It's great to see both Tia and Cory working.

  • bohemian princess | May 20, 2013 4:30 PMReply

    What are people talking about? He's been working steadily throughout the years although. I first noticed him on Lincoln Heights back in '07. I believe his best years (re: his career) are ahead of him. I also watch Tia & Tamera and with the exception of the elite few (I'm talking A listers) the overwhelming majority of actors spend most of their time auditioning. The job is auditioning, the reward is getting the part.

  • ScriptTease | May 20, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    It's about d@mn time... I haven't watched Tia & Tamara in a while, but brother was always going to auditions. Congratulations to him.

  • Beemooree | May 20, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    About time. I thought you guys skipped over this.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez | May 20, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    I believe he is a superstar don't have the right team behind him this boy outshines Clint eastwood in gran torino and nobody took notice, UTA.WME.CAA will go after him when he starts making money!

  • starry118 | May 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    I agree ... he's talented, and I expected to see him featured more than he has been up to this point, but I'm glad he's been offered this opportunity & hope his career skyrockets!

  • AccidentalVisitor | May 20, 2013 4:47 PM

    Correct. He at least held his own with Eastwood in that one scene early on in "Gran Torino" and came away looking like a star. If he was, say, a Hemsworth brother getting his first real chance to reach a broad audience there would have been a buzz about him all throughout Hollywood. But he had the misfortune of being a Negro and therefore unworthy of attention from the powerbrokers of that town. He deserved a shot at substantial roles in mainstream films and could have been judged on his results. Can't be judged however if you don't get your turn at bat.

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