'Transcendence' Premiere: Johnny Depp Celebrates Sci-Fi Epic

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"My philosophy is, if it ain't broke don't fix it," director Wally Pfister tells THR of sticking to shooting with film for his directorial debut.

It was a Dark Knight reunion at the Regency Village Theatre on Thursday, as Morgan Freeman and Josh Stewart joined Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister for the premiere of his directorial debut, Transcendence.

"It was wonderful that I was able to borrow from my years of working on the Batman films to bring people to the party," Pfister told The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Nolan is among the film's executive producers, and Cillian Murphy is one of its stars.

Making the leap to the director's chair, Pfister felt it was the right time and move to make: "I did some great work with some fantastic directors. I just felt it was time to try my hand at storytelling."

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Transcendence,  a cautionary tale about artificial intelligence, follows Johnny Depp's character Dr. Will Caster, whose mind is transferred into a computer that attempts to take over the world it connects to. The film offers a dark glimpse at the possible future of technology.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict, who came to the premiere to support husband Cory Hardrict, joked of her fears of technology, especially her phone: "It's a tracker. I believe the FBI knows where we are at all times. One time I picked up my phone and my Social Security Number flashed on my phone. I was like, 'What the hell? I didn't put in my Social Security number, something is going on.'"

Clifton Collins, whose character in the film becomes connected to Depp's, added: "You can't keep up with technology. By design it grows exponentially; human beings do not."

Collins also shared memorable moments from the film shoot: "We had flash floods and sand storms. It's a funny thing when you're just lying in the desert in 120 degrees thinking, 'Wow this is kind of cool, this is what I get paid for, laying in a desert making a movie with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.' "

Kate Mara mentioned some favorite aspects of technology: "The thing I rely most on about technology, since I'm always traveling, is being able to talk to my family and friends when I'm gone. The phone is everything now."

Mara also teased the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot: "We're starting in a couple of weeks. I'm a huge fan of all comic book movies. I'm not a comic book girl, but I love the movies. It feels very surreal playing a superhero. The most exciting thing to me about it is the cast."

The film was followed by a neon-lit afterparty at the Hammer Museum, where Depp mingled with Marilyn Manson.

Also in attendance were Quinton Aaron, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Steven Tyler and Transcendence co-stars Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany.