Everything we see from Black Mass seems to herald a true return to form for Johnny Depp, whose recent output has been mostly limited to portraying goofy characters hidden beneath plenty of makeup. Not that Depp’s handsome features won’t be hidden here – on the contrary, the actor is barely recognizable – but at least we know the character of James “Whitey” Bulger will have substance, which is more than can be said for Tonto, Barnabas Collins, or Mortdecai.
Warner Bros. dropped the third, and most likely final, Black Mass trailer earlier today. Check it out right here.
I’m not thrilled with the choice of music for this clip, but everything else looks fantastic. This has long been a passion project for Depp, and the legend of Whitey Bulger offers plenty of rich material for the actor to mine. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper is behind the camera, either.
Based on what we’ve seen so far, Black Mass could easily offer be one of the best performances of Depp’s career, and he’ll find himself in great company with a massive supporting cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Rory Cochrane, Adam Scott. Dakota Johnson and Corey Stoll.
Black Mass will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters on September 18.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.