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Earlier this week we got our mitts on the official synopsis for 's scifi directorial debut, Transcendence. It seems the marketing boys behind the produced flick have gone up a gear as today we've got our first look at the principle cast, including , in action. Check him out looking uncharacteristically normal below:

Want to find out more? Check out the synopsis belowÖ

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.

Now, as far as I'm concerned, this synopsis could go either way. Either this movie could be an impressive piece of cerebral scifi, or it's just Johnny Depp stuck in a computer monitor. However, I think there's room to be optimistic. The team behind Transcendence is essentially the same as that which produced Inception, and I can imagine the first Inception synopsis also sounded kind of crazy. If anyone can carry off this story, it should be these guys...

What do you think? How does Transcendence look and sound to you? Let me know below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (via ComicBookMovie)


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