First, the always busy Morgan Freeman is set to star opposite Johnny Depp in DP Wally Pfister‘s sci-fi directorial debut, Transcendence, based on a script by Jack Paglen, developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films.
Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Aaron Ryder are executive producers.
Full story details as well as what character each actor will play, are being kept under-wraps, other than the logline which reads: A scientist has his brain uploaded into a computer in a cutting edge experiment.
Shooting begins next month in Los Angeles, with Alcon Entertainment financing and producing, and an April 25, 2014 release set via Warner Bros.
Freeman appears in at least 3 movies this year – Olympus Has Fallen (which is already out), Oblivion with Tom Cruise and the ensemble heist thriller Now You See Me.
Second, Cedric The Entertainer has joined the cast of Jason Statham’s Heat, which also includes Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche and Sofia Vergara.
The story, based on a novel of the same name by William Goldman, centers around an ex-mercenary (Statham) with a gambling problem who finds work as a personal bodyguard for his friends.
Burt Reynolds starred in a 1986 adaptation of the novel, by the way.
This new version will be directed by Simon West from a script penned by the author.
Statham will also produce the film, along with Steven Chasman, Nick Meyer, and Marc Schaberg.
No word on what roles the other actors (other than Statham) have signed up to play.
Cedric’s also been busy, from lending his voice to the upcoming Disney animated feature Planes, to taking over hosting duties of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. He also co-starred in Marlon Wayans’ horror comedy A Haunted House, which hit theaters in January, and will be sequelized.