Johnny Depp is set to play the lead role in the upcoming film, Transcendence.
Depp will play the role of a husband who becomes taken over by a malicious, man-made computer in the new Wally Pfister film. Some editorial changes may be made in the script along the way though.
Many of the film’s plot details have yet to be disclosed, though the theme is supposed to be similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Depp will be receiving $20 million for his role in Transcendence.
The film is written by Jack Paglen and will be Pfister’s — the Inception cinematographer — first attempt at directing.
Warner Bros’ will be the film’s distributor, and principal photography is expected to begin early next year.
According to a statement released by Pfister, he is looking forward to working with Depp:
“I’m thrilled and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.”
Pfiester has also met with Noomi Rapace, Tobey Maguire, James McAvoy, and Oscar-winner Christof Waltz, moviemash.com reported.
Johnny Depp has played a multitude of incredibly varied roles during his career of almost 30 years. He made his film debut in 1984′s A Nightmare on Elm Street. After doing many teen-oriented films, he paired up with director Tim Burton to do some of his most notable roles including Edward Scissorhands.
Most recently, Johnny Depp is known for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.