Black Mass

Black Mass Information

Black Mass is an upcoming action crime-drama film written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. The film stars Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller, and Dakota Johnson.

Principal photography of the film began on May 19, 2014 in Boston, and wrapped-up on August 1, 2014 in Boston. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. worldwide on September 18, 2015.



Barry Levinson was set to direct a film based on Whitey Bulger, the Boston crime boss. The film Black Mass (script by Jim Sheridan, Jez Butterworth, and Russell Gewirtz) is based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, and is said to be the "true story of Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger, FBI agent John Connolly and the FBI's witness protection program that was created by J. Edgar Hoover." Later in January 2014 Cooper attached to re-write and direct the film. On February 27, 2014, Warner Bros. picked the film's worldwide distribution rights eyeing for an October 2015 release, and the studio will also co-finance the film with Cross Creek. Benedict Cumberbatch replaced Guy Pearce as Billy Bulger on May 22, 2014. On June 10, it was announced that Jeremy Strong would be starring the film, he'll be headed to Black Mass in July after finishing the filming of Selma. On June 14, James Russo joined the cast of the film to play Scott Garriola, an FBI agent, one of the who took down Bulger. On June 26, Kevin Bacon was added to the cast to play Charles McGuire, the FBI Special Agent in charge of the Boston field office and John Connelly"?s boss. On June 1, David Harbour was added to the cast of the film to star as John Morris, a corrupt FBI agent along with fellow FBI agent John Connolly.


The principal photography of the film commenced on May 19, 2014 in Boston, actors were spotted filming scenes in Dorchester. On May 23, some shots were also filmed at Polish American Club (altered to recreate theTriple O"?s Lounge', Whitey's infamous South Boston hangout), on Cambridge St in Cambridge. On May 27, the filming was taking place in East Boston where Johnny Depp and Jesse Plemons were spotted together on the set. Next day on May 28, Joel Edgerton was spotted in the shape of John Connolly during the filming of a scene on Silver Street in South Boston. On June 4, Depp was spotted in Lynn during the recreation of 1982 murders of Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue by Bulger. On June 6-7, Depp was spotted filming scenes at Copley Square in Boston.

On June 9, the 51st birthday of actor Johnny Depp, he was spotted filming scenes for the crime movie at location in Quincy, where actress Dakota Johnson was also spotted in Back Bay during the past few days, who is playing Whitey Bulger's longtime former girlfriend Lindsey Cyr. On June 11, shooting was underway in Lynn, where the crew was filming scenes in which Bulger, and Stephen Flemmi pick up a prostitute Deborah Hussey (played by Juno Temple) from the police station, Temple was spotted on the set. On June 16, Depp and Plemons were spotted on the set of the film in South Boston. On June 20, news posted some photos from the set of the film, which features some classic cars from the film set in South Boston. On June 23, Cumberbatch and Depp were spotted during the re-creation of Saint Patrick's Day parade scenes in Lynn. On June 24, film was shot at the Harvard Club in Boston. On June 26, Cumberbatch was spotted with crew during the filming around Ashmont Grill in Dorchester. On June 29, the pavement outside South Boston High School had graffiti readings "Stop Forced Busing" and "Press Print the Truth."

On July 2, 2014, Depp and Cumberbatch both were spotted together filming some scenes in Boston. On July 7-8, the filming was set to take place on Gilson road in Quincy. A four-story building on 6 Gilson Road was transformed to resemble the Princess Eugenia apartments in Santa Monica, California, where FBI agents arrested Bulger on June 22, 2011. Arrested scenes were taken place there on July 7 and 8, Miller was also spotted dressed as Catherine Greig. From July 8 until July 10, they filmed scenes on the Revere Beach for the film so the portion of Beach was remained closed, and July 11 and 12 the Revere Beach Boulevard was remained closed for the shooting of the film. The Revere Beach was transformed into the Miami Beach, Florida, as live palm trees had been planted in the sand and a pizza restaurant was transformed into a Cuban cafe on Revere Beach Boulevard across the street from Beach. Depp as Whitey Bulger and Miller as Catherine Greig were spotted the Black Mass set on the Revere Beach on July 10, 2014.

On July 15, Cumberbatch wrapped filming for his part in the film in Boston. On July 21, Depp filmed some scenes for the film at the former Anthony's Hawthorne restaurant, located at Oxford St and Central Ave in Lynn, MA. Depp's fiancee Amber Heard visited Depp on the set of the film on July 21, the last day of filming for Depp's role. Director Cooper told the Boston Globe that filming had still to be taken place for two more weeks in Boston, and focus on the FBI"?s role in the Bulger story. On July 25, Kevin Bacon was spotted in Boston for the filming of some remaining scenes for the film, Depp had reportedly completed his role while some actors and crew were filming last scenes. According to The Boston Globe, the filming for the Black Mass wrapped-up on Friday August 1, 2014, in Boston.


On June 30, 2014, Warner Bros. set the film for a September 18, 2015 worldwide release.

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