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Johnny Depp Officially On Board For Black Mass, Tom Hardy In Talks
Depp has officially signed on to star in Black Mass, a biopic that will chronicle the highlights of career criminal Bulger, who went from Boston's cruel kingpin to a fugitive at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list. Joining him in this endeavor could be English hunk Tom Hardy
Johnny Depp Back In Talks For Whitey Bulger Biopic With Crazy Heart's Scott Cooper Directing
Depp joined the film almost a full year ago when Barry Levinson was attached to helm, but the actor exited the indie production because Cross Creek Pictures and Exclusive Media thought it was ridiculous that the star wanted $23 million to play the part.
Johnny Depp May Walk Away From Black Mass
While the report doesn't get very specific, apparently the issue is in sorting out the star's deal and that "things arenít looking great at the moment." It's an interesting development given that just two weeks ago the production added Aussie rising star Joel Edgerton to the cast as FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger's who tipped the kingpin off when the cops were ready to knock down his door.
Joel Edgerton To Buddy Up With Johnny Depp In Black Mass
Edgerton will be playing the role of John Connolly, an FBI agent who also happened to be a childhood friend of Bulger's. It's suggested that it was because of Connolly's help that Bulger, a crime lord in Boston, Massachusetts, was able to evade capture and disappear off the grid.
Johnny Depp Playing Gangster Whitey Bulger In Black Mass
Bulger was the inspiration for Jack Nicholsonís character in Martin Scorseseís The Departed. The Mafioso, who spent years on the FBIís Ten Most Wanted list before his capture in 2011, protected the criminals of Bostonís chief neighborhoods, but largely went unbothered because he reportedly worked as an informant to the FBI in exchange for certain freedoms.