Theatrical premiere: September 18, 2015
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Rory Cochrane, Adam Scott, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll.
Based on the true story of one of the most notorious gangsters in U.S. history
Director: Scott Cooper
Screenwriter: Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk
Budget: $53 million
Film “Black Mass” based on the 2001 book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.
Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Finding Neverland, the Pirates of the Caribbean films) stars as notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in the drama Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
The film also stars Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty) as FBI Agent John Connolly; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as Whitey’s brother, powerful State Senator Billy Bulger; Rory Cochrane (Argo) as Steve Flemmi, Whitey’s closest partner in crime; Jesse Plemons (TV’s Fargo) as Whitey’s main henchman, Kevin Weeks; and Kevin Bacon (Crazy, Stupid, Love. TV’s The Following) as FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles McGuire.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Bulger to evade law enforcement while escalating his power to become the most feared crime lord in Boston and one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.
Cooper directed Black Mass from a screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson produced the film, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.
“Black Mass” Cast in Stills
Johnny Depp as James “Whitey” Bulger
Joel Edgerton as John Connolly
Dakota Johnson as Lindsey Cyr
Julianne Nicholson as Marianne Connolly
Kevin Bacon as Charles McGuire
Jesse Plemons as Kevin Weeks
Corey Stoll as Fred Wyshak
Peter Sarsgaard as Brian Halloran
David Harbour as John Morris
Rory Cochrane as Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi
James Russo as Scott Garriola
Adam Scott as Robert Fitzpatrick
Jeremy Strong as Josh Bond
Brad Carter as John McIntyre
W. Earl Brown as Johnny Martorano
Juno Temple as Deborah Hussey
Erica McDermott as Mary Bulger
Berglind Jónsdóttir as Anna Björnsdóttir
Bill Camp as John Callahan
Scott Anderson as Tommy King
Patrick M. Walsh as Michael Donahue
David De Black as Roger Wheeler
Jamie Donnelly as Ms. Cody
Film frames from “Black Mass”
Cross Creek Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures