Transcendence Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is all wired up in retro-cool Transcendence poster

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Feb 10, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

The Johnny Depp sci-fi thriller Transcendence is coming to theaters in a little over two months, and now there's a cool new poster out to get people talking.

As Slashfilm points out, the poster is a reverse shot of that eerie image above of a very ill-looking Depp with his head wired to the max. But the colors, design and overall look also call to mind sci-fi paperback covers of the '70s and '80s -- hopefully, a sign of the mood and kind of story the film is aiming for.

Depp stars as a scientist named Will Caster whose research is bringing him closer to creating the first truly sentient AI, a plan that makes him the target of anti-technology extremists. An assassination attempt leads to Caster's own consciousness being uploaded online, where he begins to expand his reach and power rapidly for purposes unknown.

To be sure, the story is not exactly a new one, but if the movie does its job well, it could be the kind of intelligent, cautionary sci-fi film that we can always use more of. A new trailer is scheduled to hit iTunes tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 11) at 7:30 p.m. ET -- we'll grab it as soon as possible.

Transcendence also stars Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Paul Bettany (The Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Kate Mara (House of Cards) and was directed by Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer, who is making his directorial debut. The film arrives on April 17.

Do you dig the poster, and is Transcendence creeping onto your radar yet?