Paul Bettany in Talks to Join Johnny Depp in TRANSCENDENCE

Paul Bettany in Talks to Join Johnny Depp in TRANSCENDENCEAccording to Deadline, Paul Bettany has officially entered negotiations to join Johnny Depp in Wally Pfister's directorial debut TRANSCENDENCE.

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The screenplay, written by newcomer Jack Paglen, was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films, whose company principals include Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes ("Book of Eli"), Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce. The plot is being kept under wraps, though Bettany will reportedly play a scientist.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on TRANSCENDENCE, which will be financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment.

Pfister, who won an Oscar for his cinematography for INCEPTION, is well known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with MEMENTO, and earning him his three Oscar nominations and one win.

Paul Bettany is an English actor, who made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed West End revival of An Inspector Calls at the Aldwych Theatre, playing the part of Eric Birling. He also appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company's productions of Richard III,Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar (for which he received a Charleson Award nomination). When Bettany was 21 he appeared in a BBC production of Oliver Twist, as Bill Sikes. He's appeared in films including Bent, Ganster No. 1, A Knight's Tale, A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, Dogville, Wimbledon, The Reckoning, Firewall, The Da Vinci Code, There For Me, Inheart and The Tourist. He has also appeared in The Avengers, Margin Call, and will lend his voice to the upcoming Iron Man 3.

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