On Wednesday night, director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) offered our first look at Johnny Depp as former crime boss and FBI informant Whitey Bulger in his next film, Black Mass. Now, Warner Bros. has dropped the film’s first theatrical trailer way ahead of its September 18th release. As you’ll see below, it’s going to be a supremely tense drama.
The film is based on Bulger’s tumultuous life in crime, specifically how he became Boston’s most notorious gangster while also shadowing as an FBI informant against the Italian Mafia. As Cooper told Entertainment Weekly, “He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra — you never knew where he could strike.”
The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Scott, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jesse Plemons. Cooper penned the screenplay, which was based on Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s 2001 novel, Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Shooting wrapped last August.