‘Transcendence’ Official Synopsis Teases Johnny Depp’s Megalomaniac Scientist

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Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is working on a science-fiction film that will release in 2014, but it is not Interstellar - director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming cinematic journey through time and space. Instead, after serving as Nolan’s director of photography on all his previous films (except for Following), Pfister is taking the helm on his own work of original sci-fi entertainment: the dramatic thriller Transcendence.

Pfister’s feature debut is based on a screenplay by relative newcomer Jake Paglen – who is currently scripting a Prometheus sequel for Ridley Scott – and features a cast that is headlined by Johnny Depp, alongside Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3) and Paul Bettany (voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies, incidentally). Unconfirmed plot details have been circulating for the past year, but Alcon Entertainment has now released an official synopsis that gels with most of the rumors we’ve been hearing.

Here is the synopsis for 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.

It is believed that Transcendence cast member Cillian Murphy – whose previous ventures in the sci-fi genre include Inception, In Time and a brief appearance in TRON: Legacy (possibly setting up a larger role in TRON 3) - is leading the “anti-technology extremists” in the film. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if Morgan Freeman (who collaborated with Pfister on Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy) is playing someone friendly to Depp’s cause in the beginning; or, if he’s against Dr. Caster, even before the latter becomes obsessed with transcending the limitations of his feeble human body and mind.

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Christopher Nolan and Wally Pfister shooting ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Pfister won’t pull a Steven Soderbergh/Robert Rodriguez and serve as the d.o.p. on a film that he is also directing; the official cinematographer for Transcendence is Jess Hall (The Spectacular Now), though he probably got some pointers from Pfister during principal photography, given the latter’s relevant (and impressive) experience.

While Transcendence ought to look quite handsome for that reason, the film should also be interesting as a dramatic sci-fi work that examines some very timely issues (with the most obvious being the A.I. subject – something this month’s Her approaches from a rather different angle). The “scientist goes mad with power” premise isn’t exactly all that innovative, but Depp’s character sounds fittingly complex – and thus, an appropriately modern variation on the tragic figure-turned antagonist archetype. Indeed, the ensemble cast has more than enough talent to ground these proceedings emotionally.

Besides, the role of Dr. Caster look to be the rare dramatic offering from Depp over the next few years; otherwise, he’ll be playing quirky and/or comically-oddball types in films like Disney’s Into the Woods musical, the Mortdecai comedy/caper movie, and the Mouse House’s sequels Alice in Wonderland 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.


Transcendence opens in regular and IMAX theaters on April 18th, 2014.

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  1. Sounds like a must see.Be interesting to see how far its set in the near future.

  2. Can Wait! Seems very interesting.

    2014 movies gonna hurt my wallet!

  3. Looks amazing already but i can’t wait for the trailer.

  4. Very interesting.

  5. I really wish depp tried a lot more things than just sticking with burton and dark whimsical things. he’s got to expand himself as an actor. just look at ben Affleck and matthew mcconaughey. they’ve both changed a lot and improved greatly

  6. So, A scientist gets killed by terrorists and his wife and research assistant resurrect him as an entirely artificial being….?

    This actually might be a little different for Depp. As long as he doesn’t end up like a robot edward scissor hands.

    • This is actually very different for Depp. He’s never done anything like this before.

  7. Just a nitpick but doesn’t he look like the vampire from dark shadows?

    • That’s because the photo is from Dark Shadows.

  8. Reasons not to see it:
    #1-Johnny Depp is in it.
    #2-Anything else you can think of, after repeating #1 a hundred times like a Grand Canyon Echo!

    • Your loss, He’s Johnny Depp and not Adam Sandler ok? Just because his recent movies weren’t so good it doesn’t mean this one will suck too. This movie have a very interesting premise with an impressive cast and crew and the fact that it’s original just makes it even better.

  9. Doesn’t this just seem like a remade Lawnmower man…. I used to love that movie when it came out, and then I watched it again recently… it is a TERRIBLE movie.

    nah, im stoked, Depp is pure brilliance when the script and character are right.
    Let’s hope he shines again.

  10. This is what you get when a stupid person is allowed to comment on science by writing a science fiction movie: a movie that tells you to fear progress.

    If I had written this movie it would have made all the cowards trying to stop the AI, out of nothing but a blinding fear of the unknown, turn out to be a bunch of retards.

  11. My favorite johny depp. this movie going to be blockbuster. great cast, great story, great visuals.

  12. I only hope the science in this film is a little harder, unlike Her, which was an amusing film, but hardly any hard science in it.
    Ai is a topic who’s time has come, but now we need roadmaps drawn out, and showcasing such advanced via movies is the perfect way forward.
    After all, AI philosophy was well taken care of in The matrix

  13. watched the full movie here hts.io/5n63F !!Nice movie!