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You may not immediately recognize the name Wally Pfister, but if you've seen any of Christopher Nolan's films, then you're familiar with his work. Pfister is one of the best cinematographers working today, and he's about to make his directorial debut with 'Transcendence.' The film is said to revolve around a scientist whose brain is uploaded into what becomes first self-aware computer in existence. So far, the cast of 'Transcendence' includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara. Now it appears you can also add Morgan Freeman to the proceedings. Christopher Nolan will be a producer on the film. 'Transcendence' will begin shooting in May in Los Angeles ahead of its scheduled April 25th, 2014 release date.
I am really excited to see this movie, and not just because of this most recent piece of casting. I've been in awe of Pfister's work since 'Memento.' One thing people always note about Nolan's films is how spectacularly they are shot, and that's thanks to Wally. Now granted, there aren't a lot of inspiring success stories in the history of cinematographers making the transition to director. For every Mario Bava, there's a Jan de Bont. And sure, I like 'Twister' as much as the next guy, but I have a feeling that's not the caliber of movie that Pfister is going for with 'Transcendence.' I'm not surprised that Nolan is signed on as a producer for 'Transcendence,' given his long-running working relationship with Pfister, but it's interesting considering Nolan's next directorial project is 'Interstellar,' which is another high-concept sci-fi film. The idea of a computer that can integrate human brainpower and become self-aware is terribly intriguing and, though there are no specific details on his role at this time, I know that Freeman will make great addition to this cast. I do wonder whether, considering Nolan's track record of re-teaming with his actors, he and Pfister had to flip a coin to see whose film would get Morgan Freeman.
Are you interested in 'Transcendence?' Do you think Pfister will effectively make the transition to director? Does having this cast help?