“After 50 Shades I did two films - Black Hole and Bigger Splash - which are completely different. Bigger Splash I play a sociopath. The next film I’m doing is How to be Single, which is a comedy with some really incredible actresses. I’m really excited for that. One of my most favourite things in the world is to be on set on a comedy. It’s just so funny all the time.”
(I wonder if they changed “Black Mass” to “Black Hole” ? )
Black Mass is set to arrive in theaters on September 18th, 2015, which is the same date that Universal has staked out for its mountain expedition thriller, Everest. Cooper’s film joins such other projects as Steven Spielberg’s currently untitled true story-based Cold War drama, F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, and David O. Russell’s next Jennifer Lawrence vehicle Joy, in the lineup of higher-brow historical fare releasing next year.
Black Mass boasts an impressive supporting cast, headed up by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) as John Connolly – the FBI agent who for years granted Bulger immunity, in return for information about his fellow Boston mob-types. Other cast members include Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) as Bulger’s onetime wife and Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) portraying Bulger’s brother – along with Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex), and Rory Cochran (Oculus).
Black Mass will be arriving during a time of year when adult dramas tend to have an easier time finding an audience, before 2015′s late fall/early winter awards-contenders/blockbusters rush begins. If all goes well, then Depp’s real-life gangster flick could perform as well financially as his last venture into the sub-genre with Public Enemies, or perhaps Ben Affleck’s crime/thriller The Town – where the late Pete Postlethwaite also played a crime boss inspired by the actual Whitey Bulger, fittingly enough.
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Bacon‘s break from Fox’s The Following just got busier. Most actors try to fit in a project while on TV hiatus, but the Golden Globe winner is making the most of his down time with a three-film summer. He’s joined the cast of WB’s untitled Black Mass project opposite Johnny Depp as notorious Irish mobster Whitey Bulger, whose relationship with FBI agent John Connolly allowed him to evade law enforcement and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. Bacon will play Charles McGuire, the FBI Special Agent in charge of the Boston field office and John Connelly’s boss. Scott Cooper is at the helm for a summer shoot in Boston with a cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochran, Julianne Nicholson, and Adam Scott.