Morgan Freeman Signed On For 'Transcendence' Role "To Have A Shot At Working With" Johnny Depp

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It turns out Morgan Freeman is a big fan of his newest co-star.

The 76 year-old actor has had a one of the most accomplished and storied careers in the movie industry, but he only recently achieved a lifelong ambition.

Freeman, who stars as Joseph Tagger in the upcoming sci-fi film 'Transcendence,' got to finally work alongside Johnny Depp,

The 50 year-old actor stars in the lead role as Dr. Will Caster, who is an artificial intelligence researcher.

"There were three or four attractions to the role (in 'Transcendence'), one being Johnny (Depp) himself," Freeman explained to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly, Tuesday (April 15th).

"Always wanted to have a shot at working with him," Freeman continued. 

Depp's character, Will Caster, is on the verge of discovering a technological breakthrough that could change the modern age as it is today, but a group who oppose technological advancements shoot him in the head.

Before his body dies from the poisoned bullet, Caster's conscience is successfully uploaded onto a computer, and he quickly gains huge amount of control over all technology. He, or his mind, soon loses sight of his initial purpose, and gradually becomes unstoppable.

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Morgan in 'Transcendence' as scientist Joseph Tagger

"This is a question we should be pondering," Freeman said to Today of the movie's plot. "The question is, OK, so we can [use this technology], but how far should it go before we realize we're no longer in control of it?"

"It's not an easy thing to do, because in order to stop [technology] you've got to shut the world down," he continued.

Freeman's character is also a scientist as well as mentor to Caster, and he is joined by British actress Rebecca Hall who stars as Caster's wife, Evelyn.

'Transcendence' will be released on the 17th April in the USA and on the 25th April in the UK.

Watch the trailer for 'Transcendence' here


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