It was a star-studded scene on the Red Carpet at Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline this week as Hollywood came to Boston to debut the Boston biopic drama about James Whitey Bulger. Johnny Depp stars as notorious Irish mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, the drama directed by Scott Cooper depicting Southie in the mid 70s as FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Bulger to collaborate with the FBI to eliminate their common enemy, the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance which spiraled out of control allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement while consolidating his power and becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.
Johnny Depp is frighteningly good as he portrayed the character of Whitey Bulger impressively, pouring his heart and soul into creating this twisted role. The film also stars other big names like Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, David Harbour and Julianne Nicholson, many of whom were in Boston to walk the red carpet for this home town premier. Director Scott Cooper and Black Mass Authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill were also there to debut this compelling drama right here in Boston where it all went down. Black Mass made it’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and opens nationwide on Friday, September 18th. Click here to watch the full trailer – Black Mass Trailer – for some very cool scenes of Boston.