Transcendence is an upcoming 2014 British–Chinese–American science fiction mystery thriller film that will mark the directorial debut of long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister.
The film stars Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, and Morgan Freeman. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas serve as executive producers of the film. It is set to be released in theaters on April 18, 2014.
Dr. Will Caster is an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence.
Extremists who oppose technological advancement target him, shooting him and other researchers with radioactively-tainted bullets so that the poisoning will kill them even if the assassination fails, but their actions drive him toward his goal.
Caster also wants to become part of the new technology, and his wife Evelyn and his best friend Max Waters, also researchers, question the wisdom of this drive.
When his mind is uploaded into a computer to try and save his life, Caster's goal to acquire knowledge becomes one to acquire power, and he seems to be unstoppable.