Once upon a time, Johnny Depp played human characters. He revealed his natural features to create recognizable roles in movies like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Donnie Brasco, Chocolat and Blow. Then there are "The Tim Burton Years," followed by the various Pirates of the Caribbean movies (of which a fifth, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is in the works).
Transcendence looks like a return to the former titles, with Depp avoiding the white-faced makeup yet choosing to hide behind ANOTHER device in what looks like a twisty, techno-narrative. He plays Dr. Will Caster, whom the studio describes as "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." We’re not exactly sure what all of that means, but we know that it makes him the target of anti-technology extremists who try to take him down… only, in the process, they send Caster into his own unusual state of cyber transcendence.
Basically, he becomes Mad Headroom.
The other reason we’re excited for Transcendence is because it marks the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, who studied under Christopher Nolan on such films as Inception, The Prestige and the Batman trilogy. So at the very least, Transcendence should look amazing, as is confirmed by these new photos shared on The Playlist.
Finally, a new poster for Pfister’s film has dropped, telling us that once upon a time, Dr. Caster was "only human."
What is he now? We won’t know for sure until Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18. The cyber-drama co-stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Morgan Freeman. The latest trailer is below.