While Johnny Depp has been attached to Transcendence for quite a while, he’s only now getting his first castmate – probably because it’s only in the last few days that Depp has confirmed that he will indeed star in the movie and plans to make it one of his next projects.
Now Deadline reports that Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star in the movie, which will be Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut. As Wally is the man behind the camera on the likes of Inception and The Dark Knight movies, it’s sure to look great.
The screenplay, written by Jack Paglen, is still wrapped in secrecy (Pfister has obviously been taking a few tips from Chris Nolan about not telling anyone anything). However, it’s rumored that the film is about a group of scientists experimenting with the idea of the technological singularity – the moment where a computer becomes so advanced that it begins to learn on its own and no longer needs an operator. The secrecy also means we have no idea who Bettany might play.
The plan is to shoot the film this April.