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Rebecca Hall Joins Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' With Johnny Depp

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 4, 2013 4:13 PM
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Rebecca Hall
Sorry Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt, this one belongs to Rebecca Hall. After being rumored alongside the actresses last fall as contenders for the female lead in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," Hall has emerged the winner and will star alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in the mysterious movie.

What we do know is that the film is being executive produced by Pfister's pal Christopher Nolan (along with Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder), and the plot revolves around an assassinated scientist who gets his brain uploaded to a computer. It's believed that Hall will play Evelyn, the fellow-scientist wife of Will (Depp) aka the guy who goes into the computer. And well, that's about it for now. But it's another great gig for Hall who is finally making a good break stateside, and between this and "Iron Man 3" this spring, will surely have more opportunities coming her way. (And if you missed HBO's miniseries "Parade's End," track it down because she's fantastic in it). And oh yeah, she was in Nolan's "The Prestige," so there's that too...

Principal photography is set to begin in April in Los Angeles. Warner Bros. will release the film on April 25, 2014 via its output deal with Alcon.

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  • Mc | March 5, 2013 7:31 AMReply

    Does anyone know who wrote the screenplay?

  • G | March 5, 2013 1:41 PM

    Jack Paglen (hist first produced screenplay).

  • rodie | March 5, 2013 1:27 AMReply

    Emily Blunt: The perpetual also-ran in Nolan projects.

  • DHE | March 4, 2013 11:07 PMReply

    Ah perfect. I've been waiting for Hall to catch a break. Still wonder how great she would have been as Lois Lane in Man of Steel

  • Katherine | March 4, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    She is perfect for the role. I've read the script and - from the three options (Mara-Blunt- Hall) she is the best option, not only because how great actress she is, but also because the kind of role! She has to be a scientist, a strong woman but at the same time with a weakness, the love of her life <3

  • Alan B | March 5, 2013 6:52 AM

    I still don't understand why Hall is the best person for the role based on your description. What about Hall (her personality, technique, physicality) makes her the best choice?

  • Karen | March 4, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    Don't understand why ANY of these 3 (Mara, Blunt, Hall) were up for the part of the genius scientist wife. Surely they could have found someone more believable?!!!

  • oogle monster | March 4, 2013 5:41 PMReply

    Hall >>>> Blunt and Mara

  • Real | March 4, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    Very happy she got the part over Mara and Blunt despite her arguably lower profile. Nolan seems very loyal to his actors.

  • SR | March 4, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    Considering she was in Nolan's "The Prestige," it's not that surprising. But still a good choice, even though Emily Blunt woulnd't have been a bad one.

  • jp | March 4, 2013 6:07 PM

    What ! Emily Blunt is easily more talented and more versatile, more charismatic than Rebecca Hall. Rebecca bores me to tears. I read Blunt lost the role because of a scheduling conflict.

  • caro | March 4, 2013 4:32 PMReply

    and now who will be Pfister's DP? what Nolan/Pfister's regulars will do a cameo in the movie? i guess Caine

  • BEF | March 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    Pfister's DP -- that's what I'd like to know as well, will he, like Kaminski with his directorial debut "Lost Souls", pull someone from his b unit who's getting their feet wet in as a lead DP?

  • cattt | March 5, 2013 3:18 AM

    ...and who will be Nolan's DP in the future? Lubezki? Deakins? Richardson?

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