Johnny Depp is in talks to star in Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, "Transcendence."

So far, the plot is being kept under wraps. Looks like Pfister learned something about secrecy from longtime collaborator Christopher Nolan. 

Newcomer Jack Paglen wrote the screenplay, while Straight Up Films' Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen and Regency Boies. Polvino, Marter and Cohen will produce along with David Valdes (“Book of Eli”) and Alcon co-founders Johnson and Kosove. Boies will co-produce, while Nolan and Emma Thomas will executive produce.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin early next year.
Kosove and Johnson said in a statement, “Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable and we are delighted he is with us on this project.”

"I'm thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny," Pfister added. "He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative."

Pfister worked a cinematographer on the majority of Nolan's films, including the recent "The Dark Knight Rises." He picked up an Oscar for his work on "Inception." He recent;y shot "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. 

Depp will next be seen in "The Lone Ranger," and recently announced that he's launching a TV series that will modernize the work of Shakespeare.