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Casting Watch UPDATE: Morgan Freeman On Board for Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence,' Starring Depp, Hall, Bettany and Mara

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2013 at 12:10PM

The cast continues to grow for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star alongside Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara. The sci-fi film centers on a scientist (Depp) whose brain is posthumously uploaded to a supercomputer.
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Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman

The cast continues to grow for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star alongside Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara. The sci-fi film centers on a scientist (Depp) whose brain is posthumously uploaded to a supercomputer.

It is penned by newcomer Jack Paglen, with Alcon Entertainment financing and producing the project. 

Rebecca Hall beat out Emily Blunt and Kate Mara's sister Rooney for the starring role opposite Depp. Principle photography is set to begin in May in Los Angeles. 

Pfister is best-known as cinematographer for Christopher Nolan; he has shot seven of the director's eight features. He won an Oscar for "Inception" in 2011. Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder will serve as executive producers on "Transcendence."

Warner Bros. will release the film April 25, 2014. 


This article is related to: News, CASTING WATCH, Wally Pfister, Transcendence, Rebecca Hall, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.