Johnny Depp will hopefully reverse a bit of a cold streak when his sci-fi-tinged Transcendence bows this April.
Helmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer (for Inception) and frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister, Depp stars in the upcoming film as an A.I. researcher whose consciousness is uploaded to a computer after he is shot dead by an anti-digital activist.
Transcendence also stars Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy.
After Depp’s Dr. Will Caster gets plugged in, well, things go awry. It’s the Internet, and he needs more and more power to survive. “If we don’t stop him, it will be the end of mankind as we know it,” Freeman’s character warns us.
We’ll get to see more of Johnny’s bad self when Transcendence opens April 17.
If science fiction is your thing, Tom Cruise is definitely gunning for your attention with his next project, Oblivion.
Teaming up with TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and Morgan Freeman, Cruise plays drone repairman Jack Harper who is on clean-up duty after a war destroys Earth. Humanity had to abandon the planet – or did they? Freeman shows up very Morpheus-like to let Cruise know that not all is what it seems. “They lied to you,” he says mysteriously. “It’s time you know the truth.”
After last year’s Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, Oblivion continues Cruise’s streak of acting against type – it’ll be his first full-on sci-fi role since War of the Worlds.
A new TV spot doesn’t help clear up the plot, but it does offer up dazzling action sequences and images of a scorched planet that, if nothing else, look nice. Kosinski’s TRON was a mess plot-wise, but it was one of 2010′s best looking films.
And I’m not just talking about Olivia Wilde.
Check out the trailer and let us know what you think of Cruise’s latest.
Oblivion, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo, opens April 19.
Ever wanted to see Tom Cruise in a WALL-E-type role? Well, here’s your chance. Universal has released the first trailer for Oblivion, the first of Cruise’s upcoming sci-fi double-header (he’s also starring in All You Need Is Kill in 2014).
In the film, which is being directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy), Cruise is on clean up duty after humans and aliens go one-on-one.
“Sixty years ago, Earth was attacked,” Cruise says. “We won the war, but they destroyed half the planet. Everyone’s been evacuated, nothing human remains.”
So, a Yankees-cap wearing Cruise is back on abandoned Earth along with Olga Kurylenko to fix up some derelict space crafts.
Like Cruise said, there’s supposed to be nothing human left, but a cigar-smoking Morgan Freeman is around to let us know that there might be more than meets the eye kicking around the planet.
Oblivion hits theaters April 26, 2013. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.
Edward Burns and Tyler Perry in a scene from Alex Cross.
When you’re thinking small, indie film with lots of talking, writer-director Edward Burns might not be the first person who comes to mind.
But he’s up there.
So it’s odd to see him buffed up playing Robin to Tyler Perry’s Batman in the new cop thriller Alex Cross.
Based on the long-running James Patterson crime series, the film stars Perry as criminal profiler Alex Cross (who was first played onscreen by Morgan Freeman) and Burns as Cross’s childhood pal, Tommy Kane.
Now detectives on the Detroit police force, the pair join forces to hunt down a homicidal hitman nicknamed Picasso and played by a sinewy Matthew Fox.
“Matthew looks like a crazy person in this movie,” Burns said during an interview at TIFF last month.
And while Freeman’s incarnation of Cross in 1997’s Kiss the Girls and 2001’s Along Came a Spider was more procedural, Burns promises this latest version is wall-to-wall action.
“This film is real different from the Freeman versions; plus it’s directed by Rob Cohen who did Fast and the Furious and xXx, so it’s fast paced,” he said. “This is a straight-up action movie.”
The big question, though, is what will Perry fans make of his transition from the dress-up hijinks of the Madea movies to a no-nonsense cop in Alex Cross?
“Tyler kicks ass,” Burns said. “I’ve seen it and people are going to really dig him in this.”
The pairing on set worked so well it translated over into real life, with Perry influencing Burns’s upcoming work in The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.
“Tyler told me he was a fan of Brothers McMullen and he asked me why after 15 years, I hadn’t revisited the Irish-American world that film depicted. That led to conversations about how a filmmaker should be a brand. He said to me, ‘Look at what I do. I always have my audience in mind.’ And he suggested to me that if I went back and made another film that looked at that world, I’d have a lot of success with it. The minute he said that I thought, ‘This guy is absolutely right.’
“I sat down, opened up my laptop and started writing. Six weeks later, I had the first draft of the script that would be my next film – The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.”
Alex Cross is in theatres now. The Fitzgerald Family Christmas will be released next month.