It was this summer when our first look at Wally Pfister‘s directorial debut landed and although we have yet to see any footage from the sci-fi drama Transcendence yet, a few new images have arrived. Tracking Johnny Depp as a researcher who gets uploaded into the mainframe of his computer — in a near-future when A.I. is outpacing human intelligence — Pfister spoke with EW, saying, “It’s a very timely subject as we find we have to update the software on our cell phones before we can even make a call.”
Also starring Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany, check out the official synopsis below, along with a new photo. We’ve also popped in the first art from Interstellar, the next directorial effort from Transcendence producer and longtime Pfister collaborator Christopher Nolan. The trailer for his film will land this week with The Hobbit, so hopefully one for Pfister’s debut will soon follow.
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.
Transcendence opens on April 18th, 2014, while Interstellar lands in November.