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Depp 'back in Black Mass talks'

Johnny Depp is reportedly back in talks to play convicted murderer Whitey Bulger in crime drama Black Mass.

The Lone Ranger star had been set to take the role in 2013, but the deal later broke down.

Scott Cooper, who directed Out Of The Furnace and Crazy Heart, is in negotiations to rewrite and take the reins on the film. Johnny would be one of the producers if he signed on, reported Deadline.

Joel Edgerton had been in talks to portray FBI agent John Connolly, who helped Whitey with his disappearance.

The movie, which would be based on Dick Lehr and Gerald O'Neill's book Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob, would focus on Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey, who rose to the top of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List after he went on the run for a decade.

He was later captured in California in 2011 and is serving time in Massachusetts state prison for second-degree murder.

Johnny, who played US gangster John Dillinger in Public Enemies, will next star in musical Into The Woods and Wally Pfister's sci-fi thriller Transcendence.

The 50-year-old, who has been filming Mortdecai in London, will also reprise his roles as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland sequel, Through The Looking Glass.

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