The producers of the R-rated film are John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson with executive producers Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt, and Compton Ross.
WATCH: ‘Black Mass’ Trailer Starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger
WATCH: 'Black Mass' Trailer Starring Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger
Warner Bros. showed some footage this week at CinemaCon; it looks like Depp is going overboard with the makeup as usual, aging as he goes and wearing strange contact lenses as Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. For me, that pulls you out of a movie that seems reminiscent of the Martin Scorsese classic “Goodfellas.”
The sprawling cast is strong: Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, , Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter and Jeremy Strong.
The screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, centers on the Whitey Bulger empire in South Boston, from the 1970s to the 90s. FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Whitey Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and turn against their common enemy, the Italian mob. This unholy alliance spiraled out of control and allowed ruthless Bulger to evade law enforcement and consolidate his power.