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Depp returns to N.M. in ‘Transcendence’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Johnny Depp is on his way back to New Mexico.

The actor will star in the action sci-fi movie, “Transcendence.”

“Transcendence” is a visually arresting, original science-fiction thriller that explores the concept of identity and morality in the age of artificial intelligence.

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production will employ approximately 250 New Mexico crew members and more than 2,400 New Mexico background and principal talent.

The production will begin filming late April though the end of July in and around Albuquerque

The film will also star Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy and Kate Mara.

It is being produced by Andrew A. Kosove, Broderick Johnson, David Valdes, Marisa Polvino, Annie Marter and Kate Cohen. It is being directed by Wally Pfister, who is making his directorial debut. Pfister was the cinematographer for “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Inception.”

Depp recently filmed Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” in New Mexico and has appeared in “Alice in Wonderland” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Freeman can be seen in “Oblivion” out now. Hall is starring in the upcoming “Iron Man 3” film; Bettany was in “Margin Call” and Mara stars in the series “House of Cards.”