Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt, and Rebecca Hall have all been named frontrunners by Deadline to play the lead role in Wally Pfister’s next movie ‘Transcendence’.
The film is already set to star Johnny Depp in the lead role, and will be produced by Pfister’s long time collaborators Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas [Pfister has been the cinematographer on all of Chris Nolan’s films, dating back to Memento).
The film deals with difficult subject matter, with singularity being one of the main themes and a complex love story set at the heart of the plot. Filming is set to begin at the beginning of March, so casting needs to be wrapped up quickly to move into production. Casting is also still underway for the second male lead, and rumors are that a host of A-listers are reading for the part.
These three actresses are all competent and strong contenders, with each of them known more for their acting abilities than their looks. Mara is the youngest of the three, which could play against her since Depp is nearing fifty years old. Blunt seems like the best contender, but she may have scheduling conflicts with ‘All You Need Is Kill’, a film that is currently being shot with Tom Cruise in the lead. That leaves Rebecca Hall, in what could be a career-defining role – the fact that the film is being produced by Nolan has not gone unnoticed, and many are tipping this to be one of the biggest and most exciting sci-fi movies to come out in the next few years.