“Black Mass” (directed by Scott Cooper) presents Johnny Depp in elaborate makeup as usual, as Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, from the 70s through the 90s. He is supposed to be scary in a “Goodfellas” Joe Pesci kind of way.
Ahead of the film’s September 18 debut from Warner Bros., “Black Mass” will screen on Friday, September 4, in the Sala Grande venue in the Lido’s Palazzo del Cinema.
Warner Bros. showed the film in rough early form to Cannes, but it wasn’t finished in time. At CinemaCon, it looked like Depp is going overboard with the makeup as usual, aging as he goes and wearing strange contact lenses as the Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.
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.
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.
Joel Edgerton, Molly Parker, Peter Sarsgaard and Benedict Cumberbatch also star.