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Exclusive: First Public Enemies Pictures
See Depp and Bale in Mann's latest

27 November 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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It's one of the most exciting films of next year, and we have the first images of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann's Public Enemies

Described as a sort of Heat II, the film tells the story of charismatic criminal gang leader John Dillinger (Depp) and determined lawman Melvin Purvis (Bale), the FBI agent tracking him down. Also in the cast is Marion Cotillard as Dillinger's girlfriend, Channing Tatum, Giovanni Ribisi, David Wenham, Leelee Sobieski and Emilie de Ravin, with Billy Crudup as the legendary J. Edgar Hoover.

The film's out on July 3 next year, but we have more pics and an exclusive interview with Michael Mann in the January issue of Empire, out now.

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Oh brilliant! I have been so wrapped up in anticipation for Fincher's Benjamin Button movie that I have really not thought much about next year's movies...until now! I was actually inspecting some kind of western but i guess i misheard what this film was about when it was first announced a while back. And i reckon people are right too: this will be Bale's movie... More

Posted by Jenzy at 16:09 on 03 December 2008 | Report This Post

This is the title.
I think Bale is going to totally own this film. It's great to see Depp doing something a bit more real for a change. No doubt Mann will be the real star though. He's a fantastic director. More

Posted by Manjaser at 18:29 on 02 December 2008 | Report This Post

Most anticipated film of 2009?
I can't wait for this film to come out, I think it has one of the best ensemble casts I've seen since The Godfather. It feels like I've been counting down the days to it's release forever! I'm really looking forward to seeing Depp in a role that's a little different from the characters he usually protrays. I thought his performance in Donnie Brasco was great, but I have a feeling that his protrayal of Dillinger will blow Brasco out of the water, and hopefully win him an oscar, coz th More

Posted by Beatrice Kiddo at 03:50 on 01 December 2008 | Report This Post

hmmm mmm
this looks tasty! Michael Mann-Depp-Bale this can't mess up-and you know the violence is gonna be off its tits! More

Posted by Bobby1975 at 12:40 on 30 November 2008 | Report This Post

This sounds very exciting, a good old fashioned 1930's gangster movie... can't wait! More

Posted by paganprincess at 02:08 on 30 November 2008 | Report This Post

There is no denying the quality of the cast in this film, and having read a few of the script drafts online it sounds amazing. However, there was an early preview few weeks ago and the review makes for some worrying reading, check it out for yourselves.... eview-an-early-look-at-michael-mann-s-public-enemies-57 21 More

Posted by TomK179 at 15:30 on 29 November 2008 | Report This Post

This is going to be awesome! my two fav actors in the same film...what the hell can go wrong here! they look ace in the suits as well More

Posted by Coyleone at 11:10 on 29 November 2008 | Report This Post

Depp as Dillinger? Bring it On!!
Ooh they look very sharp in those suits, a heat-esque film with Depp and Bale.......can't wait!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 20:23 on 28 November 2008 | Report This Post

L: Rgirvan44 This is going to be so so great. Anyone got a feeling that 2009 is going to be one of those mentioned in "best year for film?" discussions? sp; i hope so, this year has certianly been fairly weak, especially compared to last year. More

Posted by richCie at 18:11 on 28 November 2008 | Report This Post

Looks interesting this, i too am a huge Mann fan hopefully he well let the plot do the talking like Heat and Collateral and not be overly indulgent with details which hamper the narrative. Great cast. More

Posted by doncopey1 at 17:58 on 28 November 2008 | Report This Post

Great to see johnny depp playing a realistic character again. I was getting a bit sick of him being what I'm gonna call "kooky" More

Posted by shanewire at 20:51 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Ha Johnny Depp looks like Pikey from Dads Army.
This is going to be so so great.   Anyone got a feeling that 2009 is going to be one of those mentioned in "best year for film?" discussions? More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 20:24 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

Ha Johnny Depp looks like Pikey from Dads Army.
You just know that in between takes he does his imperssonation of Edward G. Robinson. Bale looks out of place in that get up, but then so do most people in those black and white 30's&40's movies. Should be great with Mann at the helm. Looking forward to it. More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:46 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

Love most Michael Mann films. Manhunter (way better than red dragon) Heat etc. Am fond of Bale and Depp, should be great. Snake-Eyes.....Dark Knight is a poo heap?? you must have been watching a different film to me. More

Posted by chicane09 at 18:39 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

from this pictures: looks a lot like road to perdition not a bad thing:-) More

Posted by achenar at 18:37 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

What a cast what a Director, how can it fail? More

Posted by agent cooper at 18:22 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

BatFan, I'm with you. I sort of got used to the digital look, but combine it with a period setting? I'm not sure. Someone should phone Gordon Willis and ask him about his opinion. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 18:16 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: First Public Enemies Pictures
Looking hugely forward to this however there is one thing that irks me. Mann is shooting this on Hi Definition a la Collateral and Miami Vice. Not sure it'll look right on a film with a period setting... More

Posted by BatFan at 17:48 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

Loved HEAT, Loved COLLATERAL, I'm even partial to MIAMI VICE. looking forward to this - Bale can do much better than the overrated poo-heap that was Dark Knight (to hell with his Salvation as well). More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 17:43 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

counting the seconds
i can't FUCKING WAIT for this film! i'm such a Michael Mann film that i still love Miami Vice despite the fact that farrell is so horrible in it. More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:24 on 27 November 2008 | Report This Post

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