(KTVI) – Johnny Depp is taking on a more serious role. According to Deadline, the decorated actor will play Whitey Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster who eluded the FBI for 10 years, in the upcoming European film “Black Mass.”
The film will follow the life of the Boston mob kingpin turned FBI informant, who topped the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List when he disappeared.
The movie is based on the 2001 non-fiction “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill.
The film has been in the works since 2005 and is a co-production by Cross Creek and Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s Exclusive Media.