Cillian Murphy Cast in ‘Dark Knight’ Cinematographer Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

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Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister has spent thirteen years working alongside Christopher Nolan, so it would make sense for multiple actors from their previous collaborations, on films like Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy, to board Pfister’s directing debut on the sci-fi feature Transcendence; sure enough, last week the news dropped that Morgan Freeman has joined the film’s cast, which is headed by Johnny Depp.

We can now report that Cillian Murphy has become the latest strong addition to the Transcendence acting roster, which means the project will mark the fifth occasion he and Pfister have worked together, after Batman Begins, Inception and Murphy’s cameo appearances in The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises.

Transcendence is based on a script by relative newcomer Jack Paglen, and tells the story of an artificial intelligence scientist (Depp) whose consciousness is uploaded into a supercomputer that he helped to design, after he is killed by a group of anti-technology terrorists; award-winner Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) will serve as the female lead, by playing Depp’s wife and fellow researcher.

Meanwhile, Latino Review, which has the exclusive on the latest casting update, is reporting that Murphy has “bagged one of the three male leads” in the film. He joins a cast that includes the aforementioned names, in addition to the supporting players Paul Bettany (the voice of Jarvis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Kate Mara (American Horror Story, House of Cards).

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Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow in ‘Batman Begins’

When Freeman was cast, it wasn’t clear whether he is portraying a friend or foe of Depp and Hall’s characters, but it’s a fair bet that Murphy has secured the role of the anti-technology zealots’ leader. As mentioned before, he is an excellent actor, but also has a knack for being type-cast as the complicated antagonist and/or flat-out conniving villain (see: Batman Begins, Red Eye, In Time and Murphy’s cameo appearance in TRON: Legacy), which is an archetype that he plays quite well.

In related news: there’s a reasonable chance that Murphy will follow up his work on Transcendence by playing an expanded role as the dangerous programmer Edward Dillinger in TRON 3, which is steadily gearing up to begin production by next year. TheĀ Legacy sequel could begin filming around the time Pfister’s movie hits theaters in the spring, some 6-7 months before Nolan returns to the sci-fi genre with his next directing project, Interstellar.


Transcendence opens in U.S. theaters on April 25th, 2014.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. This movie sounds like it’s going to be fantastic!

  2. This movie just keeps sounding better and better.

    • On an unrelated note, In Time was awful. Thank you Screen Rant for reminding me of that.

  3. this is starting to sound pretty awesome

  4. I’m sure I watched an episode of Friends the other day where Ross describes the whole plot of this movie –

    ‘I just finished this fascinating book. By the year 2030, there will be computers that can carry out the same amount of functions as an actual human brain. So theoretically, you could download your thoughts and memories into this computer and live forever as a machine!’

    Ross Geller, screen writer lol

    • You’re right! That’s when he is ”Interfacing” with Janine!

  5. Amazing cast!! So excited about this movie

  6. Hold on: So now Murphy’s managed to sign on for two movies– in the same year– that involve a scenario in which the protagonist is uploaded into a supercomputer (hello, Tron 3!) and in which he (quite likely) plays the villain? Talk about the Department of Redundancy Department: seems like an odd way to roll for a guy who’s claimed that he doesn’t like to repeat himself.

    • He’s an actor. He is talking about characters, not movie plots.

  7. Regardless of the cast, I’d watch this one just to see what Wally Pfister can create. That said, it’s a very solid roster of talent involved with some names that are synonymous with steadily watchable performances. I hope Murphy’s character allows the actor to shine. He is great as the villain but some of his best work stems from the opportunities to display fragility and humanity, as he did with Inception and even Sunshine. It’ll be interesting to see how he plays off Depp, as they both know how to chew the scenery.

    • I wouldn’t say that Cillian’s a scenery chewer at all. Most of his characters haven’t been that broad. I think his acting is based more on an intuitive naturalness, spot-on instinct and total immersion. Depp, on the other hand, has had much more opportunity to camp things up. Different roles, different actors, but both very talented. I can hardly wait for this film. I expect great things from it.