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

(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.

This June 23, 2011 file booking photo shows James Whitey Bulger, who was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif.
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)
In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, actor Johnny Depp, who will play mobster Whitey Bulger.
In this Sept. 8, 2012 file photo, actor Johnny Depp, who will play mobster Whitey Bulger.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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