Three time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp is set to star in the feature film Black Mass playing the role of Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger. The film’s Primetime Emmy Award nominated casting director has sent out casting calls for lead actors and supporting roles.
Some of the roles up for grabs include Whitey’s younger brother Billy Bulger, Federal Prosecutor Frank Wyshak, Whitey Bulger’s 23 year old girlfriend Lindsey Cyr, Whitey and Lindsey’s 6 year old son Douglas, among many other mobsters, FBI Agents, and various roles. The film is based on the book “Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neil. Filming will take place in Boston and Los Angeles beginning May 2014, allowing Johnny Depp to fit the project into his schedule before shooting Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and co-starring in Alice in Wonderland 2.
Black Mass centers on James “Whitey” Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery who spent much of his early life incarcerated, including a stint at Alcatraz in the 1950′s where he was the subject of a CIA experiment using LSD for mind-control. When released, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and eventually rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to bring down the Italian mafia in New England. He and his fellow hood Steve Flemmi, fed incriminating information on the Italian mob to FBI agents John J. Connolly Jr. and Dick Morris, allowing them to make highly publicized arrests while Bulger filled the void in the upper echelon of Boston’s organized crime rings. Whitey Bulger reigned as crime boss into the 1990′s until a corruption investigation disgraced Morris, who admitted to taking bribes from Whitey and, with Connolly’s alleged assistance, aided and abetted criminal activities involving narcotics, extortion, and murder. Bulger fled in 1994 and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, until his capture in 2011 in California.
Starring in Black Mass is three-time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp playing the lead role of Whitey Bulger. Depp recently starred in the Disney feature film Into The Woods opposite Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, and Meryl Streep. He also did a cameo role in his fiancee Amber Heard’s starring vehicle London Fields. After shooting wraps on Black Mass, Depp will begin filming on the Walt Disney Pictures feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Also starring in Black Mass is Australian award winning actor Joel Edgerton playing the role of Organized Crime Unit FBI Agent John Morris.
Independent Spirit Awards winner Scott Cooper will direct Black Mass from an adapted screenplay that he wrote himself. Originally Barry Levinson was to direct from a script by Mark Mallouk. Johnny Depp’s partner Christi Dembrowski will produce for their production company Infinitum Nihil. Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson will produce along with Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan. Exclusive Media President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions Tobin Armbrust, and Cross Creek Pictures SVP Production Adam Kassan will also produce. Warner Bros. will handle domestic distribution. Black mass is scheduled to hit theaters in October, 2015.
Black Mass Casting Director Submission Information and Extras Registration
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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.
“Role of _______”
CASTING DIRECTOR NAME
CASTING DIRECTOR ADDRESS
CASTING DIRECTOR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE
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Note: The extras for Black Mass will be hired in May when filming begins, and will continue to be cast on an as-needed basis throughout shooting. Check back here for extras casting calls.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Cross Creek Pictures
9220 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Le Grisbi Productions
8733 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 401 East
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212
Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Johnny Depp – Whitey Bulger
Joel Edgerton – John Connolly
The true story of Billy Bulger, Whitey Bulger, FBI agent John Connelly and the FBI’s witness protection program that was created by J. Edgar Hoover.