Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
And now, a second trailer has been released…
John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI’s Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them – a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston’s Italian Mafia in the process – would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.
This film looks shows Johnny Depp at his finest, making me feel as uncomfortable as I did when Joe Pesci was asking “Am I funny?” in Goodfellas…
Black Mass is directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) from a screenplay by Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, and also stars a great cast including Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, and one of my favourites, Juno Temple.
Alas, the film has been put back in the schedules. Originally due out on September 25th, it’s now released in the UK on November 13th.
Check out the trailer and click on the picture for the full-size image.