Scott Cooper is directing the crime drama, which Warner Bros. will release.
Johnny Depp's new film, in which he will play Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, will be released Sept. 18, 2015, studio Warner Bros. announced Monday.
The date would appear to make the movie a prime candidate for a debut somewhere on the 2015 Venice/Telluride/Toronto film festival awards circuit.
Scott Cooper is directing the crime drama for Warners and Cross Creek. It also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons.
The project is based on the book Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Originally called Black Mass, the project is currently untitled.
MEET THE CAST
Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.
James 'Whitey' Bulger is a notorious Boston gangster, who faced a sweeping indictment that included 19 murder charges after being captured following years on the run. He was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years. His criminal career includes teenage thievery, bank robberies, the building of his underworld empire, and becoming an informant for the FBI.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Whitey's brother William 'Billy' Bulger
William 'Billy' Bulger is Whitey's younger brother, a once-feared politician who was president of the Massachusetts Senate from 1978 to 1996. He has complained to friends that he feels that he, too, is one of his brother’s victims, since he was forced out of his job as president of the University of Massachusetts amid questions about his relationship with Whitey. While he was absent from his brother's trial, he did not cut off contact with Whitey. William has visited his brother multiple times in Plymouth County jail.
Sienna Miller will play Catherine Greig
Catherine Greig is Bulger’s longtime girlfriend and fugitive companion. The couple -- on the run for 16 years -- was located in Santa Monica in 2011. Greig, of South Boston, was 24 when she met Bulger. She is 22 years his junior.
Dakota Johnson is Lindsey Cyr
Lindsey Cyr, of Weymouth, told the Globe she met Bulger in 1966 when she was 21 and juggling two jobs in Quincy, working as a waitress at a diner and as an assistant to a local lawyer. Bulger, who was 15 years older, was operating a jackhammer with a construction crew working near the diner when he noticed her, she said. Cyr said that she and the former South Boston crime boss had a son, Douglas Glenn Cyr, who was born in 1967 and was healthy and active until he suddenly fell sick and died in 1973 of Reye’s Syndrome, a severe reaction to aspirin.
John Edgerton is John Connelly, Jr.
Retired agent John J. Connolly Jr. was Bulger’s day-to-day handler. In 2008, a Florida jury convicted him of second-degree murder for plotting with informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi to kill a potential witness against them 26 years ago. In May, a Florida state appeals court overturned the murder conviction, ruling that jurors relied on a flawed charge against him in the 1982 killing of a Boston businessman.
Adam Scott as Robert Fitzpatrick
Robert Fitzpatrick was second in command of the FBI in Boston from 1981 to 1986, and recommended closing out Bulger and Flemmi as informants after the two allegedly murdered Michael Donohue and Edward 'Brian' Halloran in May 1982 in an ambush on the waterfront. The FBI did not heed his suggestion, calling Bulger and Flemmi 'extremely valuable assets' in the FBI's war against the Mafia.
Rory Cochrane as Steve Flemmi
Steve Flemmi is a gangster and longtime FBI informant who teamed up with Bulger in the 1970s while both were members of the Winter Hill Gang. Flemmi served as Bulger's front man, collecting money from bookies and inspiring fear in those who didn't pay their debts on time. Flemmi pleaded guilty to participating in 10 murders with Bulger under a deal that spared him the death penalty but sent him to prison for life.
Jesse Plemmons will play Kevin Weeks
Kevin Weeks is a South Boston native and loyal tough guy whom Bulger groomed as his successor and treated like a son. Weeks began cooperating with investigators in early 2000 after his own racketeering indictment. During the 1980s, Weeks operated several of the Southie convenience stores and liquor marts that served as fronts for the Bulger organization. Following Bulger's disappearance in 1995, Weeks acted as 'operational chief' of the Bulger organization. After learning that Bulger and Flemmi had been FBI informants, Weeks led investigators to secret graves containing the remains of some of Bulger’s alleged victims. He served five years for being an accessory to five murders and wrote a book about his exploits with Bulger.
[Oh Boy do I love a crime drama!]