Well, she is 30 (turning 31 in May), and imho she can pass for slightly older. I'm happy- I think the others mentioned being in the running, Emily Blunt and Rooney Mara, are even younger and also look younger. I like Rebecca- I didn't really care for Vicky Christina Barcelona but I did like her in it, and I liked her in The Town even more. Funny, I loved The Prestige but I don't remember her being in that one ;D I forget- is this character supposed to be a scientist or just the wife of a scientist? (ETA- duh, the little blurb above says that she's a scientist). Because I think she gives off a "brainy" vibe (actually, so do Blunt and Mara) that I think would suit a scientist.
Edited to add again- FYI, just on the off chance that the report that djuli posted is correct, and Paul Bettany is the one playing Will, Paul is 8 years younger than Johnny. Though I think for now it's best to go on the original supposition that Johnny will be Will.
It was previously reported that the movie will be shot in LA,so I don't know how accurate this is:
DEPP TRANSCENDENCE is OURS, New Mexico Style
***UPDATE*** We are unable to divulge whether tribal, public or private property, locations or facilities are in talks to host this project, but multiple local area sources have confirmed to us the film’s likelihood of shooting in New Mexico.
In a far out blind item, we were recently hinting at rumblings that the biggest of biggies by way of global superstars, was possibly en route BACK to New Mexico!
Now that reports are rolling into the blogosphere that Johnny Depp’s next feature film is in fact on the rails, rapidly headed toward meeting production dates for a Spring 2014 release date, we ~can tell you – DEPP IS HEADED BACK TO NEW MEXICO!
Transcendence (which I will now learn how to spell) is set to co-star NMFilmer Paul Bettany, who starred in the 2009 New Mexico film Legion. Dark Knight cinematographer Wally Pfister will make his directorial debut with the film, which Collider reports to be about “a scientist whose brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself”.
Female leads currently being bandied about include NMFilm star Emily Blunt (Sunshine Cleaning), Rooney Mara, and Rebecca Hall.
... the actress will costar in Transcendence as Depp’s wife: a nanotechnology and A.I. expert, who uploads Depp’s consciousness into the previously-mentioned supercomputer after he is left for dead by anti-technology terrorists. I presume Bettany is playing Depp and Hall’s partner, who assists them with their work.
Rebecca Hall has revealed working with Johnny Depp is a dream come true.
The award-winning actress is set to share screen time opposite the Hollywood heartthrob in Transcendence, the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister.
"I am thrilled about working with Johnny. I mean, come on! I feel like I've worked with some seriously great actors and he's one of those ones on my list of people that I'd really like to work with and then it happened," she said.
Rebecca - who picked up the best actress award at the Broadcasting Press Guild for her performance in period drama Parade's End - is staying coy about the sci-fi movie, which begins production in April.
"I could tell you lots about it but I don't think I want to. I haven't started yet so I am feeling a bit protective towards it. I'm in the early stages of working out who the character is and what I'm doing with it. I am excited," she explained.
The 30-year-old will next star in Iron Man 3 alongside Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow, and teased that her character will add a new dimension to the story.
"I play a scientist called Maya Henson, who is a bit of a smart genius type, capable and independent woman. She throws some interesting dynamics into the whole Iron Man plot," she hinted.
She also revealed she gets some action stunts in the movie: "Kind of, yeah. What do you expect? I'm hardly going to sit there and sip tea, although I would like to see that in an Iron Man film.
"It would be quite interesting - do a mash-up of Parade's End and Iron Man. I can sit there and drink tea on a massive blowing-up set. It would be great," Rebecca added.
No Transcendence news, but I just wanted to mention that I just rented a movie called The Awakening, which starred Rebecca Hall. (I'd put it in my Netflix queue before even knowing about her casting in this). It's a pretty good (not fantastic) ghost story set in the early 1920's, and she plays an "educated lady" who is trying to debunk claims of ghost hauntings with various scientific techniques (photography, trip wires, temperature devices etc). I thought she was believable and could definitely picture her playing a scientist in this. And she definitely doesn't come off as too young, imho.
The first movie I saw Rebecca Hall in was a very good coming of age movie called "starter for ten" whose cast is terrific -- they've all gone on to lead careers. I wasn't crazy about "Vicky, christina, Barcelona" but SHE was very good in it. One I'd also like to see which she's in is "the town" the Ben affleck movie; just haven't got around to it.
I liked The Town, for what it's worth (and another reason you should watch it is that the character played by Pete Postelthwaite (sp?) was supposedly based loosely on Whitey Bulger*). In both movies, she plays an American, but she's actually British, as was her character in The Awakening (and probably in The Prestige, as well, though I can't quite recall her being in that one). I'm guessing she'll play an American in Transcendence, but in a way it would be kind of interesting to let her keep her accent. I work in a lab that has folks from England, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, Greece, the Middle East, etc., and that's just this year! The scientific community in general is very international, with lots of couples from different nationalities. That said, they'll probably make her American ;D
*Edited to add, I looked up the IMDB trivia section for The Town, and then tried looking on Wikipedia, but I only see a remark that Whitey Bulger was an inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed, but no mention of Pete Postlethwaite. I'm pretty sure I did see the latter claim somewhere, right when Black Mass was first announced, but I could be wrong. Either way, he was a scary character (as was Jack Nicholson's in The Departed).