Johnny Depp Will Star as Whitey Bulger
Actor signs on to play notorious Boston mobster in 'Black Mass'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2013 7:41 AM CST
This June 23, 2011 file booking photo shows James "Whitey" Bulger, who was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.   (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

(Newser) – Whitey Bulger is cooling his heels awaiting trial, but his game of "who gets to play me in the movie" just got fun: None other than Johnny Depp has signed on for Black Mass, reports Sky News, the movie delving into the underworld of Boston's mafia and the life of Bulger, the man who sat on the FBI's Most Wanted list for more than a decade. Based on a book by two Boston Globe journalists, Black Mass is set to begin shooting in May, and Depp isn't the only big name attached: Barry Levinson will direct.

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Feb 3, 2013 7:59 PM CST
I'm curious--how many people knew who Whitey Bulger was from the headline? Seems he'd be forgotten by now. Jack Nickolson sorta played him in The Departed.
Feb 3, 2013 2:26 PM CST
His best work was on "21 Jump Street."
Feb 3, 2013 1:43 PM CST
What happened to Tonto?