Rumors about who might star in Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence have been floating around for months, but now that the film is actually about to start production it’s locking down some big names fast. Just last week we got confirmation that Johnny Depp would star, followed a few days later by news that Paul Bettany had also joined. Now the film has also found a female lead in Rebecca Hall, who beat out Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt.

Few plot details have been confirmed at this point, but the basic idea is that a man (Depp) has uploaded his brain into a computer. Hall will play Depp’s wife. The talented Brit actress previously starred in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, on which Pfister served as DP. Her other notable roles include The Town, Please Give, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the upcoming Iron Man 3. Transcendence starts shooting this spring for an April 25, 2014 release date. [Collider]

After the jump, Hall’s Prestige co-star Christian Bale may also have landed a new gig.

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Yesterday we got confirmation that Johnny Depp is confirmed for the directorial debut of cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film is Transcendence, and now we know that Depp will be joined by Paul Bettany — it’s the Tourist reunion no one expected. Both actors play scientists. Depp’s role is Will, who is killed by anti-tech terrorists, but reborn after his consciousness is housed in a computer. The precise details of Bettany’s role are unclear at this point.

We don’t know much more than that — in fact, we don’t even know if those details, reported early, will remain consistent in Jack Paglen‘s script. This one is going to be controlled as tight as Christopher Nolan’s films. (Indeed, Nolan is an exec producer on Transcendence.) We do know that Warner Bros. has now set the film for release on April 24, 2014. [Deadline]

Which poster won the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance fan contest? What actor from The West Wing was just cast in Man of Steel? Why was Paul Bettany‘s work on The Avengers “the best job I’ve ever had?” What could bring screenwriter Jane Goldman back for an X-Men: First Class sequel? And are you ready for the return of set photos, these from Man of Steel? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Want to see some new set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man? How much does James McAvoy know about the X-Men First Class sequel? What does the new Avengers website reveal about the characters? Has Paul Bettany been asked to return for the film? Did Donald Glover talk about Spider-Man in his new Comedy Central special and what is the best Superman video game of all time? Read about all of this and much more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Good things keep coming for the stars of Animal Kingdom, as Jacki Weaver lands a role in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. Weaver will play Bradley Cooper‘s mother in the film, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel about a former high school teacher (Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. Upon his release, the protagonist initially tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an eccentric young widow (Jennifer Lawrence).

Also signed on for the project is Robert De Niro in an unnamed part. Chris Tucker was said to be in talks for the part of Cooper’s pal from the institution, but the latest reports don’t mention him, so I’m guessing he’s out. The Silver Linings Playbook is set to begin shooting this fall. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Paul Bettany and Brian Cox team up for a film adapted from a BAFTA-nominated BBC series, and True Blood star Sam Trammell helps Virginia Madsen cope with her troubles.

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‘Margin Call’ Trailer

One of the top 10 screenplays listed on The Black List this year was a script by JC Chandor titled Margin Call.

While I often refer to The Black List as a annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, that isn’t actually the case — the list is compiled with a poll of 300 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet. Some of the screenplays have been acquired and some are even in production. Margin Call was actually in the can before the list was even released.

“Based on true events,” the film chronicles the final twenty-four hours of Lehman Brothers. Chandor directed the film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore. I always love dramatic thrillers set in an isolated amount of time or one location, and this film seems to fit both categories. Although /Film’s own David Chen seemed to hate the movie, calling it “A Movie About The Financial Disaster That’s a Cinematic Disaster” when the movie premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Watch a trailer for Margin Call embedded after the jump.

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It’s happening. Christopher Nolan is now filming The Dark Knight Rises and some actual urban set photos have emerged. Want to see what they are shooting? Also, what is the film going to cost and why is the guaranteed blockbuster causing stress at Warner Bros.? Plus, who won’t be appearing in X-Men First Class, who will be appearing in The Avengers, director Martin Campbell comments on Green Lantern 2 and more. Only in today’s Superhero Bits. Which starts right now. Read More »

‘Priest’ Trailer #3

When discussing the movies set for release this summer, one that’s been largely overlooked – especially being as it’s a comic book adaptation – is Priest. Directed by Scott Stewart, the film stars Paul Bettany as a warrior priest who must break his beliefs to help save his niece from a pack of vampires. He’ll take the ride along with Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban and Lily Collins.

This latest trailer is actually shorter than both the previous theatrical trailer and teaser trailer, but is way more action and effects heavy. Priest will be released in 3D on May 13. Check it out the final trailer after the jump. Read More »

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