Depp says bye to Bulger biopic
Published 30/05/2013 | 13:03
Johnny Depp is no longer set to star in the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean actor had been attached to portray the real-life former Boston mob boss and FBI informant in Barry Levinson's film, but The Hollywood Reporter says that he has dropped out.
The 49-year-old actor was meant to be paid around 20 million US dollars, but producers reportedly asked him to take a paycut after disappointing sales for the project at the Cannes Film Festival.
Joel Edgerton is still on board to play a disgraced FBI agent that grows close to Bulger.
Shooting on Black Mass, which is based on Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill's book, Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI And A Devil's Deal, was meant to start after Johnny has wrapped up on Transcendence, the sci-fi movie he is shooting with first-time director Wally Pfister and Rebecca Hall.
Johnny - who will next star as Tonto in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger - is also expected to reprise his famous role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film, which Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct.