Johnny Depp On the Need-to-Know with Top Secret 'Transcendence'

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Johnny Depp has chosen his next project — and it's strictly hush-hush and on the QT.

The "Dark Shadows" star has been sworn to secrecy as he's officially signed on to appear in "Transcendence," the directorial debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, according to Deadline.

Pfister has been Christopher Nolan's go-to director of photography on every one of his films since "Memento" — and, in true Nolan style, details are being kept under wraps on just what "Transcendence" is about.

Depp was first mentioned as being attached to the project last October, though nothing was made official until today. Pfister will direct from newcomer Jack Paglen's screenplay, which was developed with Annie Marter. Nolan and Emma Thomas are executive producing with principal photography set to commence in April.

Following "Transcendence," Depp will segue almost immediately into filming "Black Mass," a movie with a plot that we're actually allowed to know about now. Barry Levinson is set to direct the crime thriller about Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, which is set to commence with production in early summer.

Well, it sure is nice to have Depp seeing other directors besides Tim Burton!

We're assuming that after "Black Mass," Depp will don the Jack Sparrow get-up for the fifth time in the next "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, which Disney wants ready by Summer 2015. He'll next be seen in Disney's "The Lone Ranger," opening July 3.