Johnny Depp to Play Mobster Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass'
Actor Johnny Depp is attached to play notorious gangster Whitey Bulger in the new mobster movie “Black Mass,” according to Deadline. Whitey, a violent criminal from South Boston, was famously captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run.
The former FBI informant, with a lengthy criminal past, made the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list and reportedly fled Boston after a retired FBI agent tipped him off. He was arrested outside his apartment in Santa Monica, along with his girlfriend, Catherine Grieg, more than a decade later.
The 83-year-old, who is facing 19 counts of murder, is currently being held in Plymouth, Mass.
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A screenplay of “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” was adapted in 2005, according to Entertainment Weekly, however the mobster's capture in 2011 provided a final act to the juicy tale.
The film will reportedly start production in May 2013.