Kate Mara has been cast in Transcedence, the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime director of photography Wally Pfister.
Mara joins Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall in the film.
Few details about the film’s plot have been released, but what is known so far is that Transcendence will follow three scientists — Max (Bettany), and husband and wife Will and Evelyn (Depp and Hall) — as they try to develop a programming code for the world’s first self-aware computer. But after a group of anti-technology terrorists try to assassinate Will, Evelyn helps upload his brain into a prototype of the supercomputer. Will begins to respond as the computer, which doesn’t stop the terrorists from trying to destroy him.
Details about Mara’s character are unknown for the time being.
Filming for Transcendence begins next month and the movie is set to be released in theaters April 25, 2014.
Ironically, Kate Mara’s younger sister, Rooney, was in the running to play Evelyn. She was up against Hall and Emily Blunt, who was working on All You Need is Kill at the time, making scheduling a bit of a hurdle. Some critics considered Mara too young for the role, and Hall had recently been cast as a scientist in Iron Man 3, so there was doubt as to whether she should play such similar characters back-to-back. In the end, that didn’t matter, and Hall won the role over Mara and Blunt.
While Rooney Mara may be more well-known than her big sister due to her role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Kate Mara is making quite a name for herself — even though that’s probably hard to do when your name is associated with the New York Giants — as well. The elder Mara played Heath Ledger’s daughter in Brokeback Mountain and a cheerleader in We Are Marshall. She also played Hayden on the first season of American Horror Story and now stars as Zoe Barnes in the Netflix series House of Cards.
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