Johnny Depp is confirmed to star in the Whitey Bulger mob film Black Mass. He was attached to the project last year, but was reported to have dropped out of the project. He got interested again when Scott Cooper came on board to direct it, and now it's official. Depp will play Bulger in the movie, and Tom Hardy is in early talks to play his FBI handler, John Connolly.
The story revolves around the 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. Connelly is 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."
I love watching this kind of movies, and this one is sure to be great.