Morgan Freeman Cast in ‘Transcendence’ – From ‘Dark Knight’ Cinematographer

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Morgan Freeman Dark Knight Rises Morgan Freeman Cast in Transcendence   From Dark Knight Cinematographer

So far as pre-production periods go, the upcoming contemporary science-fiction flick Transcendence has experienced remarkably smooth sailing. Set to begin filming in May of this year, Transcendence has secured a promising first-time director in former cinematographer Wally Pfister (of The Dark Knight trilogy) and an increasingly impressive cast.

As of today, the weight of said cast has increased even further with the addition of another Oscar-nominated actor. Morgan Freeman (Oblivion) has agreed to provide his dulcet voice to 2014′s Transcendence.

He joins a cast that includes Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Rebecca Hall (The Town), and Paul Bettany (Iron Man 3). For the moment, Freeman’s exact role in the film is unknown.

Transcendence will follow an artificial intelligence researcher (Depp) who is mortally wounded by anti-technology zealots and is forced to upload his consciousness into his own supercomputer. His wife (Hall) and lab partner (rumored to be Bettany) are forced to hide and nurture this curious new hybrid as they flee from the same fanatics that sparked the crisis.

Though curious to consider, Transcendence will mark the first occasion in which Freeman and Depp have worked together on a film. Both actors came to prominence at roughly the same time in the early 1990s after years in television and small film roles (though Freeman debuted much earlier than Depp). That it’s taken this long for them to land on the same production together is something of an oddball miracle.

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Image of Morgan Freeman in ‘Oblivion.’

The quality and content of Freeman’s contribution to the film will hinge on his exact role in its narrative. If Bettany is indeed playing the role of Depp’s partner, then it stands to reason that Freeman will be playing one of the anti-technology advocates – and thus Transcendence‘s antagonist.

While Freeman has played villains and bad-men before (see Dreamcatcher and Wanted), he’s rarely seemed comfortable in that role. Instead, he’s slipped into increasingly-expected parts as knowledgeable authority figures. As such, it’s possible that the rumors have these roles reversed – perhaps Freeman will play Depp’s partner, and Bettany will end up as a fanatic. Then again, Freeman may be portraying a character yet to be mentioned in any of the pre-production materials. No doubt this will become clearer as we move closer to the beginning of Transcendence‘s first day of shooting.


Transcendence will ascend into theaters on April 25th, 2014.

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  1. This has “win” written all over it

  2. sweett

  3. I have never seen morgan freeman play an out and out bad guy/typical movie villian. the closest would be wanted. and even with that, he APPEARED good for most of the film instead of being the villian from the start.

    In Hard Rain, he starts out like he is the villian but then it turns out that randy quad is the real villian.

    and in the Contract with john cusack. its sort of the same. hes wasnt really a clear cut villian, more so the people he is working with.

    It would be interesting to see him in a full blown villian role but Morgan Freeman is just to good to be bad.

    • Yeah,I agree. While I

    • What the hell,most of my comment didn’t make it for some reason.

      Anyway,while I still love Morgan Freeman in his usual role of wise man with dry humor,I kind of wish he played a more unhinged character. Remember when he said “shoot this motherf*****” in Wanted? That was pretty awesome.

  4. Artificial Intelligence for Depp? That figures…he does not have any natural intelligence of his own. Ruined it for me right there…scratch this one off my list.

    • thats weird because he was ranked once as one of the smartest people working on hollywood don’t judge him on his roles like jack sparrowor the mad hatter