With Johnny Depp as the star at the centre of true-crime Boston mob drama Black Mass, his gravitational pull has been attracting other actors. Director Scott Cooper now has Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons in talks for the film.
Cooper has reworked Mark Mallouk’s script for the film, itself loosely based on Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neil’s book Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.
Depp will play 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 (Joel Edgerton) 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. Guy Pearce is set as 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.
Temple is down for the role of a prostitute, while Breaking Bad's Plemons will once more be channelling his dark side as Kevin Weeks, part of Bulger’s inner circle. They’re set to join a cast that should also include 50 Shades Of Grey’s Dakota Johnson as Bulger’s long-time girlfriend.
Assuming Plemons does end up in the film, it could take him out of contention for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII, but his negotiations for Black Mass may indicate that he’s not in J.J. Abrams film or that he’s figured out a schedule to do both.