Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) is set to co-star alongside Johnny Depp in the Barry Levinson-directed crime thriller Black Mass.
The story revolves around mob boss Whitey Bulger, a ruthless Boston kingpin who inspired movie characters such as the one Jack Nicholson played in The Departed and the one Pete Postlethwaite played in The Town. The movie is based on the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.
Bulger was also an FBI informant so he could help discreetly take down a rival gang. In the end, the tables were turned on him, and he was double crossed and prosecuted by the Feds, along with his partner in crime and the original FBI agent working with him. Edgerton will play John Connolly, the "FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger and his brother. Connolly was tasked with bringing down the Italian mob, and he was aided by Bulger, who burnished his own position as Boston crime kingpin by getting rid of the competition for his Winter Hill gang."
Edgerton is a fantastic actor, and I have no doubt that he and Depp are going to be great together in the movie. I love mob films, and this one has potential to be great.