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Benedict Cumberbatch & Adam Scott Join Johnny Depp & Joel Edgerton In Gangster Pic 'Black Mass'

by Edward Davis
May 21, 2014 8:11 PM
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Ok, here's a pairing you don't see everyday. While Johnny Depp and Guy Pearce together and side-by-side in the Whitey Bulger gangster pic "Black Mass" would have been a terrific paring, "The Rover" star has had to drop out for scheduling reasons. Alas, nothing to fear here Cross Creek Productions has found a more than viable replacement with in-demand actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch will portray Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger’s straight and narrow brother, who, unlike his sibling, is law abiding. Directed by Scott Cooper ("Out Of The Furnace"), "Black Mass" has seen it share of ups and downs: Depp himself once bailing because the production could not afford his expensive quota, actor Tom Hardy vacating from the role Joel Edgerton would eventually take and enough general uncertainty that it seemed Warner Bros. (who co-financed the project) would finally give up on it and move on. But the production has persevered and this current iteration of the film has held: "Black Mass" began shooting his week.

Based on the book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob,” Mark Mallouk penned the screenplay. Additionally, Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation") has also joined the cast and he will be playing another FBI agent, presumably working alongside Edgerton.

Co-starring Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons, Depp will play the notorious Boston gangster while Joel Edgerton will play a disgraced FBI agent who aided Bulger and was sentenced to 40 years in prison despite maintaining his innocence. And oh yeah, Adam Scott has also joined the movie, playing FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick. And with Ben Affleck off in super hero world as Batman perhaps Cooper’s drama will fill the intelligent crime void for WB in 2015. [Boston Globe/THR]

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  • Ray | May 23, 2014 11:44 PMReply

    Sorry but I never got the hype for Cumberbatch. While I don't think he's a bad actor, I don't think he's as good as people try to make him out to be. I know a lot of people buy into his hype because of Sherlock(which IMO season 3 sucked) & because he's a brit. For some reason some think Brit actors are the best actors in the world. Bullcrap. If any actors excite me coming out of the UK they are Tom Hardy, James Mcavoy, Michael Fassbender & Tom Hiddleston. All 4 of those choose interesting projects and are better actor IMO.

  • Sharon | May 24, 2014 2:44 AM

    Ray, I agree with every point you have made. When Sherlock first came out I sat up and took notice, but he hasn't been able to sustain my interest. I think he is in it for the long term and he will have many memorable roles, but his isn't the next big thing. I also have posh British actor fatigue, but I can take as much Hardy, McAvoy and Fassbender as I can get.

  • Jenny | May 23, 2014 2:09 PMReply

    I can't get excited about this. Now a Boston gangster movie with Jeremy Renner and Sam Rockwell playing brothers really would interest me. They can both do the accent and they are both excellent at playing unstable, dangerous criminals and psychos, so it wouldn't matter which one played the bad guy because you would never be sure the good guy wouldn't lose it too. Plus they could have got both of them for much less than a Depp.

  • Bonnie | May 22, 2014 6:12 PMReply

    For someone who thinks Benedict is overrated as an actor - name the movies and t.v. shows you have seen him in...and there are many over the last 10 years. If you haven't seen "Hawking" ..its on the Internet. If he had done nothing but that he'd be thought of as a fantastic actor. He is considered by Other Actors to be one of the great actors of his time. He won't disappoint.

  • Cricket9 | May 22, 2014 12:40 PMReply

    I'm yet to see a bad performance by Cumberbatch. A "downgrade"? Just the opposite, IMO.

  • Rachele | May 22, 2014 7:34 AMReply

    Too bad about Pearce. Cumberbatch seems a less obvious and less appropriate choice, and we don't get to see Pearce all that often anyway.

  • Matche | May 22, 2014 2:13 AMReply

    Downgrade with a hugely overrated actor.
    Pearce was the only actor I wanted to watch this movie for.

  • tony | May 21, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    Who the heck is playing Steve flemmi ??

  • great news | May 21, 2014 8:34 PMReply

    great news. love johnny depp.

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