Black Mass (2015) Film


Benedict takes a part in the movie Black Mass, the story of the infamous godfather Whitey Bulger, played by Jonny Depp.

Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is based on Dick Lehr’s and Gerald O’Neill’s documentary “Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob”. The central historical figure is Whitey Bulger, the infamous king of organized crime in Boston in the 70s – and at the same time spy for the FBI. He took advantage of his double game to attack rival gangs from two sides and to strengthen his own position in organized crime scene. One day after Bulger had fulfilled the deal, the FBI forgot about any agreements and put his name on the most wanted list. Bulger, warned by an FBI agent, disappeared in 1994 and was finally arrested seventeen years later in California.
His brother William “Billy” Bulger, however, was a successful politician.

The story of Whitey Bulger has alreday inspired Martin Scorsese and his film “The Departed – The Departed” (2006) with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

In Cooper’s Film, planned to be released 2015 in USA, a lot of other famous actors will be seen: besides Benedict and Jonny Depp the two well-known actresses Juno Temple, who already played with Benedict in Atonement and Dakota Johnson, with whom Benedict was recently seen in a restaurant in New York.

What is it about:
Boston during the 1930’s. John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the streets. Decades later, in the late 70s, they meet again. By then, Connolly is a major figure in Boston’s FBI’s office while Whitey stands on the other side of the law, being the godfather of the Irish Mob, an influential gang of the organised crime scene.

They make a deal: Whitey signs up to be a FBI spy in order to take down Boston’s Italian Mafia. He takes the chance to strenghten his own position in crime. The deal won’t go as he thought, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List…


Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper
Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill – Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob

Jonny Depp (Withey Bulger), Benedict Cumberbatch (Billy Bulger), Joel Edgerton (Joh Conolly), Juno Temple (Deborah Hussey), Dakota Johnson (Lindsey Cyr) and others

More information:
The documentary is available at Amazon.