Johnny Depp to play Whitey Bulger in Barry Levinson gangster thriller
Story by Jack Foley
JOHNNY Depp is set to play real life gangster Whitey Bulger in new crime thriller Black Mass.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is attached to star in Barry Levinson’s film, which will recount the story of the South Boston criminal mastermind.
Bulger is widely considered to be one of the most infamous criminals in the history of South Boston.
He eventually became an FBI informant in order to take down a rival Mafia family, only to find himself double-crossed by the government and prosecuted.
He was eventually caught in June 2011 having been on the FBI’s most wanted list for over a decade.
The film would be partly based on the New York Times best-seller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, co-written by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerland O’Neil and updated by Mark Mallouk following Bulger’s capture.
Shooting on Black Mass is due to commence in May, which also puts Depp’s commitment to Transcendence in question.
But it may just be that Depp has a window of opportunity given that Transcendence is awaiting a script re-write before being directed by Wally Pfister, the cinematographer of “Inception”/DVD-Review/inception.
Depp last played a gangster, the legendary John Dillinger, in Michael Man’s Public Enemies.