BLACK MASS tells the story of James "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery, who spent much of his early life incarcerated. When released from Alcatraz, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to bring down the Italian mafia in New England. He and his fellow hood Steve Flemmi, fed incriminating information on the Italian mob to FBI agents John J. Connolly Jr. and Dick Morris, allowing them to make highly publicized arrests while Bulger filled the void in the upper echelon of Boston organized crime. Whitey Bulger reigned as crime boss into the 1990's until a corruption investigation disgraced Morris, who admitted to taking bribes from Bulger and, with Connolly's alleged assistance, aided and abetted criminal activities involving narcotics, extortion, and murder. Bulger escaped arrest and was on the run for more than a decade, before being apprehended in Santa Monica, CA in 2012.
Starring as Whitey Bulger is three-time Academy Award-nominated actor Johnny Depp, star of the $4 billion-dollar PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise. Appearing alongside Johnny Depp will be Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Rory Cochrane, Juno Temple and Dakota Johnson, star of the 2015 release 50 SHADES OF GREY.
At the helm of BLACK MASS is acclaimed director Scott Cooper, writer-director of the Oscar-winning motion picture CRAZY HEART and director of the recent Christian Bale film OUT OF THE FURNACE. The film is written by Mark Mallouk, and based on the book BLACK MASS: WHITEY BULGER, THE FBI, AND A DEVIL'S DEAL by Boston Globe reporter Dick Lehr and Pulitzer Prize-winner Gerard O'Neill.