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Johnny Depp continues to be a workhorse, committing to make both the sci-fi film Transcendence and the Whitey Bulger gangster movie Black Mass.
Depp was linked to Transcendence in December and Black Mass earlier this month, but fans were unsure if Depp could really finish both movies in 2013. It turns out that he can and has committed to star in both, Variety confirmed on Wednesday.
Transcendence’s plot is mostly unknown, but Depp is reportedly going to play a supercomputer. He is the only actor cast at the moment. It will be Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut. Pfister won an Oscar for his work on Inception and also worked on The Dark Knight.
Warner Bros. is distributing. Alcon Entertainment’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce. Jack Paglen wrote the script.
After that movie wraps, Depp will work with Rain Man director Barry Levinson on Black Mass, starring as notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. It’s based on Black Mass: The True Story of the Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill and will be Cross Creek, Le Grisbi Productions and Exclusive Media. Mark Mallouk wrote the first draft.
Depp just finished work on Disney’s The Lone Ranger, which hits theaters on July 3.