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Johnny Depp to play Whitey Bulger

Posted by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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http://www.younghollywood.com/news/johnny-depp-to-play-whitey-bulger.html

Johnny Depp is taking on the tumultuous past of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger in a new biopic about the Boston, Massachusetts crime lord.

Rain Man director Barry Levinson will helm the movie, Black Mass, which chronicles the life of James 'Whitey' Bulger, who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Most Wanted List for almost two decades.


It will be based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O'Neill.


Bulger, who was reportedly the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's ruthless crime boss character in The Departed, was the brother of Massachusetts state senator William M. Bulger and one of the most famous criminals in history.


Brian Oliver, president of production firm Cross Creek, says, "I could not be more thrilled to have the biggest star in the world (Depp) and Academy Award winning director Barry Levinson to finally bring this incredible story to the big screen. Black Mass expertly details the twists and turns of this highly complex story, painting a vivid portrait of Boston's underbelly and its corrupt political machine, as well as exposing the worst scandal in FBI history."


Black Mass isn't the only film about Bulger's life story in development - Matt Damon is also set to star as the crime lord in a new project directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Twilight actor Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas’ book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer For Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob for another rival movie.

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PinkParadox
by Beautifully Broken on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM

cool

gmadiane
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

he is such a good actor

MamaMandee
by Mandee on Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Im sure it will be great!

jltplk25
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Awesome!

sara_7106
by Platinum Member on Feb. 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM
Cool
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mommyg97
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM
I love Johnny Depp and he was good In Donny Brasco. But I can't see him in this role. I could see Christian bale playing the part
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