Benedict Cumberbatch and Adam Scott Join Johnny Depp in ‘Black Mass’

By May 21, 2014

A few months ago, Johnny Depp agreed to star in Black Mass, the upcoming Whitey Bulger biopic, and we were happy about that because it means that he might have a chance to do some real acting again instead of dancing around in an Alice in Wonderland sequel or another Pirates movie. (Though both of those are on the way.)

The film was supposed to costar Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Juno Temple, and Dakota Johnson, but there were talks that Tom Hardy would replace Edgerton. I don’t think those negotiations have been completed yet, but according to THR, there’s another replacement that’s happening, and this one might be considered an upgrade: Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to step in for Guy Pearce in the role of Whitey Bulger’s brother, Bill. Look, I really like Guy Pearce, but Cumberbatch is on the upswing right now and he seemingly can do no wrong, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he acts opposite Depp, one of the world’s biggest movie stars. And seeing those guys as brothers should be very interesting.

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THR also says that “Parks and Recreation” star Adam Scott is on board as an FBI agent named Robert Fitzpatrick. Presumably he’ll be the guy chasing Depp’s character down throughout the film, and that sounds pretty entertaining to me. Scott’s a great actor, capable of inserting moments of levity into incredibly serious roles, so I’m excited to see him added to a film of this caliber. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace) is directing.

If you’re not familiar with Bulger’s reign of terror, Black Mass should be a captivating thriller. Bulger went from a Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and was a fugitive for years before he was eventually found and arrested in 2011. Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed was loosely based on Bulger, and the real-life guy was apparently an informant for the FBI and fed them information so they would take down a rival gang. Tom Hardy is also in talks to play FBI agent John Connolly (taking over for the once-rumored Joel Edgerton), a childhood friend of Bulger’s who tipped him off when he was about to be indicted, which landed the agent in jail also. It’s a fascinating story, and you can read more about it here.

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