Johnny Depp looks nearly unrecognizable (again) in the upcoming highly anticipated mobster film, Black Mass.
The movie, based on a true story and a book by former Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerry O’Neill, is set in the 1970s in South Boston, where organized crime was rampant. Depp plays dangerous Irish mobster Whitey Bulger, who is not only the leader of a prominent criminal organization, but is also the brother of Massachusetts State Senator William “Billy” Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch). Whitey begins working as an FBI informant so he can destroy a Mafia family before they overrun his territory.
Depp isn’t one to go on lengthy promotional tours for his movies, but rumor has it that he’s so excited about Black Mass that he’s willing to make an exception this time.
“[Depp] said this is his favorite movie he’s ever worked on,” producer Tyler Thompson told The Hollywood Reporter.
Although Depp’s recent films have been less than prosperous at the box office, Thompson assures that this is his come-back role.
“It’s a return to form for him, and it’s the type of role you haven’t seen him in in a long time. He and [director] Scott Cooper had amazing chemistry,” he said.
“He’s playing a real-life scary sociopath, and he nailed it,” said co-producer Brian Oliver. “Everyone wants to really see Johnny Depp do this role.”
Black Mass hits theaters Sept. 18.
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