‘House of Cards’ Star Kate Mara Joins Johnny Depp in ‘Transcendence’

Wally Pfister will direct the sci-fi film, which also stars Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany

Last Updated: March 27, 2013 @ 5:28 PM

Kate Mara will join Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany and Rebecca Hall in the cast of “Transcendence,” the upcoming sci-fi film from Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, Alcon Entertainment announced on Wednesday.

Alcon which most recently made “Beautiful Creatures,” is financing and producing the project.

Mara, the older sister of actress Rooney Mara and daughter of New York Giants co-owner John Mara, just gave a career-defining performance in “House of Cards.” She plays Zoe Barnes in the Netflix series, which will soon enter production on its second season.

This film is a big priority for Alcon given the talent and filmmakers involved. Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer for the past decade, is making his directorial debut with the film. Nolan, his wife Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are executive producing.

Jack Paglen wrote the script, which was developed by Straight Up Films and been shrouded in secrecy. TheWrap obtained some plot details in December, revealing that it involved a scientist whose brain is uploaded to a supercomputer.

Straight Up Films’ Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter and Kate Cohen will produce the film, which Warner Bros. will distribute domestically and Lionsgate will distribute internationally.