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Watch: First Full-Length Trailer For Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp Boots Up

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 20, 2013 at 8:17PM

"....singularity, is a theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable." So goes the the first couple lines of the Wikipedia entry on the subject, and the question is: can Wally Pfister turn that thematic material into a big screen, mainstream success in "Transcendence"?
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Transcendence Wally Pfister Rebecca Hall Paul Bettany

Update: 2/10: New poster below.

Update 12/20: Finally, the full length trailer. Watch below.

Original story 12/19: "...singularity, is a theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable." So goes the the first couple lines of the Wikipedia entry on the subject of technological singularity, and the question is: can Wally Pfister turn that thematic material into a big screen, mainstream success in "Transcendence"?

Well, here's the first teaser trailer to see how he did. Starring Johnny Depp, the actor takes the role of Dr. Will Caster, whose creation of sentient machine puts him at risk from anti-technology extremists who inadvertently set the researcher on a dangerous path towards, you guessed it, transcendence. It's a fascinating premise by Jack Paglen from his 2012 Black List script, and while Pfister is making his feature debut, he isn't too far away from his frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan who is executive producing this one.

Thoughts? Share 'em below. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy, "Transcendence" happens on April 18, 2014. Watch below plus two more teasers featuring more narration and less footage!

Transcendence Poster

This article is related to: Transcendence, Wally Pfister, Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Film Trailers


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