Belfast Telegraph

Depp says bye to Bulger biopic

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.


From Belfast Telegraph