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2014's Transcendence will be, I hope, the movie we've been waiting for for years: No campy beyond belief character, no caricatures, no face paint. No . No Disney. Just Depp hopefully getting back to the acting chops he displayed once upon a time.

Depp will be playing Will, a scientist who creates a supercomputer then uploads his consciousness into that intelligent machine. His triumph is short-lived when he and his wife (), a fellow researcher, become the targets of a terroristic, anti-technology group that uses extreme tactics to get its way.

This will be 's long-time cinematographer 's directorial debut, with a script written by up-and-coming sci-fi scribe Jake Paglen. Dan Mintz, co-founder of DMG Entertainment, the Chinese group co-financing the film, had this to say about the story:

Without giving away too much, 'Transcendence' is about that moment when human consciousness and the insanely fast rise of computing power collide. It pulls from the idea of singularity to tell a truly meaningful story that is more 'science reality' than science fiction. This is something that is likely to happen in our lifetimes and that makes it a story everyone can get into.

Speaking of that Chinese financing, Transcendence is continuing the trend of the increasingly cozy relationship Hollywood is developing with China, with studios relying more and more on international revenue and the Chinese market being of particular interest. Despite the obvious red flags that should crop up regarding Hollywood studios being in bed with a Chinese government-backed financier, this movement toward global partnerships in the industry isn't going away any time soon.

And so we get our first set image, along with our first Chinese poster and short video clip of Hall reaching out to thank the Chinese audience:


I don't know about you guys, but I'm really looking forward to this one. This is a role in which Depp has the potential to shine, and, along with him and Hall, the rest of the cast is stellar, including , , , and the criminally underrated , among others.

Transcendence will be in theaters on April 18th of next year.

(Sources: LA Times, The Film Stage)

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