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First official look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass

04.22.2015

Johnny Depp has not exactly proven himself worthy of his extra large paychecks in recent years. With flops critically and commercially like THE LONE RANGER, MORTDECAI, TRANSCENDENCE, DARK SHADOWS, and more, Depp has not shined the way he did just five years ago. But, from all indications, that is about to change with Scott Cooper's BLACK MASS.

Based on the true crimes of gangster Whitey Bulger, BLACK MASS just received a lot of buzz out of CinemaCon based on the first footage and trailer for the film. While we don't have that to share yet, we do have the first official image from the film showing Depp virtually unrecognizable. Check it out below.

The film tells the true story of how Bulger, the brother of a state senator (Benedict Cumberbatch), became the most feared gangster in Boston while simultaneously serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian Mafia.

According to Cooper, Depp's transformation chilled those who knew the real life Bulger. Word coming from those who have seen the film are saying this is a return to form for Depp and will be talked about as a potential awards contender. Here's hoping this is not just buzz and actually has some bearing behind it. Stay tuned for the trailer in the near future.

BLACK MASS also stars Adam Scott, Benedict Cumberbatch, Corey Stoll, Jesse Plemons, Jim Sheridan, Joel Edgerton, Juno Temple, Kevin Bacon, and Sienna Miller. It hits theaters on September 18th.

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12:56AM on 04/23/2015
"Hey Whitey, where's yer hat?"
"Hey Whitey, where's yer hat?"
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9:32PM on 04/22/2015
Well I don't know anything about this project but I give it a green because Depp is not in some funky ass costume!
Well I don't know anything about this project but I give it a green because Depp is not in some funky ass costume!
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9:01PM on 04/22/2015
If this doesn't make Depp relevant again, then nothing will.
If this doesn't make Depp relevant again, then nothing will.
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7:30PM on 04/22/2015
The unholy spawn of Guy Pearce and James Spader!
The unholy spawn of Guy Pearce and James Spader!
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6:56PM on 04/22/2015

What the what now?!

Johnny Depp, CUMBERBATCH!! AND ADAM SCOTT!!!!

Holy fuck beans, that is one oddly awesome sounding cast.
Johnny Depp, CUMBERBATCH!! AND ADAM SCOTT!!!!

Holy fuck beans, that is one oddly awesome sounding cast.
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4:49PM on 04/22/2015
Opening NIGHT.
Opening NIGHT.
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4:29PM on 04/22/2015
I am excited for this and the dramatic return of Depp. I loved Donnie Brasco, Blow, and I even enjoyed Public Enemies. Plus I did not know Kevin Bacon was in this, awesome.
I am excited for this and the dramatic return of Depp. I loved Donnie Brasco, Blow, and I even enjoyed Public Enemies. Plus I did not know Kevin Bacon was in this, awesome.
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4:09PM on 04/22/2015

Oh good lord

I wish high profile celebrities would stop doing true life stories because they are distracting. He looks like Johnny Depp with a receding hairline. I know its hollywood, they want to tell stories like this but they also need these things to succeed so they need the big names, I wish it wasn't like that because having the likes of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and whoever else wants to stretch as actors, play these real life people just takes away from the realism because they look
I wish high profile celebrities would stop doing true life stories because they are distracting. He looks like Johnny Depp with a receding hairline. I know its hollywood, they want to tell stories like this but they also need these things to succeed so they need the big names, I wish it wasn't like that because having the likes of Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and whoever else wants to stretch as actors, play these real life people just takes away from the realism because they look like themselves. I'm not seeing Whitey Bulgar, I see Johnny Depp for crying out loud.
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4:25PM on 04/22/2015
I know waht you mean. That is what I thought about "Der Untergang". I know that the actors are not very well known abroad, but in germany they are. So I didn't see Göbbels or Speer, but the very well known actors of Germany. Took away the illusion of being a witness of the last days in the Führerbunker.
I know waht you mean. That is what I thought about "Der Untergang". I know that the actors are not very well known abroad, but in germany they are. So I didn't see Göbbels or Speer, but the very well known actors of Germany. Took away the illusion of being a witness of the last days in the Führerbunker.
4:04PM on 04/22/2015
finally a role where he doesn't hide his face behind tons of strange make up. Ok, he looks different, but that's ok.
finally a role where he doesn't hide his face behind tons of strange make up. Ok, he looks different, but that's ok.
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3:45PM on 04/22/2015

WOW.

Inspite of everything, Depp looks positively badass here! Not to mention a great facial transformation without the facepaint for once. Sure as hell hope this becomes another Donnie Brasco (or Blow).
Inspite of everything, Depp looks positively badass here! Not to mention a great facial transformation without the facepaint for once. Sure as hell hope this becomes another Donnie Brasco (or Blow).
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