Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) stars as notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in the drama “Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).
The film also stars Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) as Whitey’s brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, Whitey’s closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons (TV’s “Fargo”) as Whitey’s main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” TV’s “The Following”) as FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.
Cooper directed “Black Mass” from a screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson produced the film, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
The film also stars W Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) as Bulger hit man Johnny Martorano; David Harbour (“End of Watch”) as FBI Agent John Morris, who is complicit in the deal between Bulger and Connolly; Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”) as federal prosecutor Fred Wyshak; Peter Sarsgaard (“Blue Jasmine”) as Brian Halloran; Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick; and Juno Temple (“Maleficent”) as Flemmi’s young mistress, who is also his own stepdaughter, Deborah Hussey.
The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Masanobu Takayanagi (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Out of the Furnace”), production designer Stefania Cella (“The Great Beauty”), Oscar-nominated editor David Rosenbloom (“The Insider”), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (“Foxcatcher”).
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Cross Creek Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a Cross Creek Pictures Production in association with Le Grisbi Productions, Free State Pictures and Head Gear Films, a Scott Cooper Film, “Black Mass.” Slated for release on September 18, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.