The Speed of Thought is a 2011 science fiction thriller film written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer. The film stars Nick Stahl, Taryn Manning, and Mía Maestro. Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl) is a telepath who has been raised in an NSA foster home. Lazarus helps the government by using his abilities. He is told by the agency that the telepathy is a side effect of Widmann's Disease, and that he will become insane in time and eventually die from the illness.