Deadline is reporting that Johnny Depp has signed on to star in Black Mass, a biopic of the Boston crime-kingpin Whitey Bulger.
Deadline is also reporting that Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Lawless) is in early talks to join Depp in the film to play Bulger’s childhood friend turned FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly is currently in prison for tipping Bulger that he was going to be indicted.
Depp has played quite a few historic gangsters in his career including, George Jung aka Boston George in 2001’s Blow & then went on to play the even more known John Dillinger in 2009’s Public Enemies, who became America’s first public enemy number one.
Production for the film is said to begin in May.