The first official featurette has been released for Transcendence, the upcoming directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight, Inception, Moneyball). The piece has the cast and crew giving us a better understanding of the film, while wondering whether or not this story is plausible in our future. So far, the film is looking pretty good. There may be a little too much mumbo-jumbo going on, but it all depends on how grounded and believable Pfister and screenwriter Jack Paglen (who, according to his IMDB profile, is credited as a writer on Prometheus 2) make the proceedings. Either way, we’ll be in line.
Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., and Morgan Freeman also star in Transcendence.
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His highly controversial experiments have made him famous, but they have also made him the prime target of anti-technology extremists 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. For his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max Waters (Paul Bettany), both fellow researchers, the question is not if they can…but if they should. Their worst fears are realized as Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. The only thing that is becoming terrifyingly clear is there may be no way to stop him.
ETA: USA – 17 April, 2014.