Johnny Depp has been hamming it up as of late in one eccentric role or another for Tim Burton or Gore Verbinski, but Mr. Depp has dropped the funny hats and white-face for something a little more serious this time out. Starring in longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, Depp will be trying his hand at sci-fi.
Depp stars as Dr. Will Caster, a computer scientist deep into researching the singularity, the point at which artificial intelligence overtakes human and the two begin to merge. His intent is to create a machine that can channel real human emotions, thereby making it the most powerful computational device ever known.
Will’s highly controversial experiments make him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists, including a group called Rift, who will do whatever it takes to stop him. However, in their attempt to destroy Will, they inadvertently become the catalyst for him to succeed, to be a participant in his own transcendence.
Directed by Wally Pfister, the film also stars Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Morgan Freeman. Transcendence hits theatres and IMAX on April 18th, 2014.