Johnny Depp is no stranger to period piece biopics, having played famous historical figures in films like Ed Wood, The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing Las Vegas. In his new film Black Mass, Depp plays infamous gangster James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr. – which is again not that much of a departure for the megastar, who has played several real-life figures who crossed the line of law and order, in films like Donnie Brasco, Blow, and Public Enemies.
In fact, it’s safe to say that outside of his eccentrically kooky character schtick, playing people caught up in the gangster lifestyle happens to Depp’s main forté.
The “first look teaser” for Black Mass takes the refreshingly stripped-down approach of presenting a scene from the film as its driving focus, before providing a brief montage of footage. The scene in question (a dark dinner scene about a steak recipe) at once sells Depp’s performance as Bulger, and establishes the tense and ominous tone of the film, which is tightly wound around its volatile central figure.
In the scene with Depp are Joel Edgerton (who also portrayed a gangster in Animal Kingdom), Rory Cochrane (Oculus) and David Harbour, who has gone from strong supporting roles in films like The Equalizer and A Walk Among the Tombstones last year, to now facing-off onscreen against the likes of Johnny Depp. Not a bad come up.
Black Mass is directed by Scott Cooper, who has been a fast-rising breakout talent thanks to slow-burn character dramas Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace. Edge of Tomorrow and Get On Up writer Jez Butterworth is handling the script work of adapting the book about Bulger into screenplay; aiding in that effort is Rush and Walk Among the Tombstones producer, Mark Mallouk.
The supporting cast has some strong names in it that include Juno Temple (Horns), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), Adam Scott (Parks and Rec), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Kevin Bacon.
Black Mass will be in theaters on September 18, 2015.
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