Four years. That’s how far back it was since I was last truly and seriously excited for a Johnny Depp movie. And even then he was playing a cartoon chameleon. If we’re talking a Johnny Depp movie starring a real-life Johnny Depp, then we’d have to go back all the way to the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie in 2006, and that was only because I had no idea what awaited me in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie. So yeah, he hasn’t been getting a lot of good will from me over the years. That may just be about to change.
Ditching his usual schtick of funny headgear, Depp instead dons a much more, shall we say, sparse cranium look play notorious real-life gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. And he looks freaking terrifying. After watching this first trailer for the Scott Cooper directed crime thriller, I’m making sure to scratch Depp’s name the hell off my list of future dinner guests. And then I’m going right back to watching the trailer again, because it looks amazing.
Boasting an all star cast surrounding Depp, from Benedict Cumberbatch playing Whitey’s US senator brother to Joel Edgerton playing the FBI Agent who turns Whitey into an informant against the Mafia, Black Mass looks the type of thrilling gangster movie Martin Scorsese used to make. And the seemingly resurgent (at least for now) Depp just seems to be chewing up the scenery on this one like the sets are covered in some family secret sauce.
Check it out below!
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.
Black Mass‘ massive cast of crackling actors also consists of Adam Scott, Sienna Miller, Kevin Bacon, Juno Temple, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson and Corey Stoll. That is one serious collection of talent. And you can see them all do their thing when the flick releases on September 18, 2015.
Last Updated: April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015 at 14:42
Okay. He’s off my invite list… And he can have all the make up in the world!
April 24, 2015 at 14:43
Really looking forward to this – seems like they are following the story pretty closely… I actually studied Whitey’s case (at the time he was still on the run and on the FBI’s Most Wanted List) for my Criminal Psychology class back in University… So am looking forward to seeing how this movie turns out.