Johnny Depp stars as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in ‘Black Mass’ trailer – watch

Benedict Cumberbatch and Joel Edgerton co-star in gritty crime biopic

Johnny Depp stars as infamous Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in the new trailer for Black Mass – watch it below.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the crime biopic is based on an acclaimed 2001 book about real-life mobster Bulger, who is currently incarcerated at a penitentiary in Sumterville, Florida serving two terms of life imprisonment plus five years.

The film’s plot synopsis teases: “In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster Jimmy Bulger to collaborate with the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiralled 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.”

Joel Edgerton co-stars as FBI Agent John Connolly, while Benedict Cumberbatch appears as Whitey’s brother, State Senator Billy Bulger. The film’s impressive ensemble cast also includes Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Sienna Miller, Jesse Plemons, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll and Adam Scott. Its screenplay was co-written by award-winning playwright and The Edge Of Tomorrow screenwriter Jez Butterworth.

Black Mass will be released in the US on September 18 before arriving in UK cinemas on November 13.