Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Still
Look to the skies!
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
09 July 2014
New Stills Land From Exodus: Gods And Kings
And Ridley Scott explains what we're in for...
First Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Launches
Ridley Scott sets the dial to 'Biblical Epic'
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Exodus: Gods And Kings
26 December 2014
The Rover
15 August 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
For No Good Reason (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Transcendence (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Out Of The Furnace
Empire Star Rating
The Lone Ranger (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Breathe In (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Guy Pearce Attends Black Mass
He'll be Johnny Depp's brother

14 March 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Guy-Pearce-Attends-Black-Mass

Back on track after a brief blip thanks to Johnny Depp dropping out, true-life gangster tale Black Mass has its star, a director in Scott Cooper, and another solid actor, Joel Edgerton, all attached. Now we know who will be playing Depp’s brother in the film, as Guy Pearce is in talks.

Black Mass will chronicle the story of infamous Boston crime figure Whitey Bulger, who masterminded a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly turning federal informant to take down rivals. It seemed to be working out well – particularly with corrupt FBI agent John Connolly (Edgerton, replacing a rumoured Tom Hardy) helping to smooth things – but when the Bureau began making arrests, agents double crossed Bulger and prosecuted him.

Bulger fled in 1994 and was captured in 2011 in California. While Variety’s story doesn’t specify which of his two brothers Pearce will play, we’d guess at Senator William ”Billy” Bulger, a career politician who claimed when questioned that he wasn’t aware of the extent of his older sibling’s criminal activities.

Cooper has rewritten Mark Mallouk’s script, itself adapted from Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s book Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob. And though no date is specified, it appears the film will start shooting later this year.

Pearce was last seen in Iron Man 3 and Drake Doremus’s Breathe In. He has drama Hateship Loveship and David Michôd’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover due out this year.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Van Damme Has A Plan For Expendables 4
He's scheming a double impact
First Look At TV's New Constantine
Update: It's going to series

Your Comments

Every time I think I'm out...
...they pull me back in. As a proper Bostonian, I fully intended to wait for Ben Affleck's version of events, but Scott Cooper's version is at least going to be interesting to watch (whether in a good or bad way remains to be seen), given the casting. Johnny Depp as Bulger is going to have to work to get me to buy, but Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce (as Billy Bulger? Really?) are true incentives. More

Posted by hobbes3 at 14:23 on 14 March 2014 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Classic Feature: The Making Of The Silence Of The Lambs
Is this the most frightening movie ever made?

Classic Feature: Jack Nicholson - Gods Among Us
Charisma, consistency and cunning summed up in a single word: Jack.

Director Matt Reeves Spills Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Secrets
What we learned from our Empire podcast spoiler special

Peter Fonda On Peter Fonda
The Hollywood legend relives his career highlights

Kevin Feige Talks Ant-Man, Guardians Of The Galaxy And Doctor Strange
The Marvel boss updates us on the state of his cinematic universe

Keith Carradine On Keith Carradine
'Television is really the place to go if you want to do anything of substance now.'

Video: Gary Oldman And Keri Russell Talk Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Would you watch Carry On Up The Planet Of The Apes?

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)