Benedict Cumberbatch & Adam Scott Join Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass'
by Ethan Anderton
May 22, 2014
Back in March, Guy Pearce was added to the cast of the crime thriller Black Mass, the story of real-life story about the infamous Boston criminal Whitey Bulger who turned FBI informant and used the opportunity as a way to get rid of his competition before getting double-crossed by the agency and forced to go on the run. But there's been a bit of a change as The Boston Globe reports Benedict Cumberbatch has stepped up to replace Pearce on the film as Bulger's brother Bill, though we're not sure how integral his role is to the story of the crime boss. Johnny Depp is still on board the film, but there's one other new actor too.
In a surprising turn, THR has learned that "Parks & Recreation" star Adam Scott has landed a role in the film as an FBI agent named Robert Fitzpatrick. He joins the right side of the law with Joel Edgerton, who's playing the FBI agent who now sits in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted, helping him elude the law for longer than he otherwise might have. It was this evasion that led Bulger to just being a big Boston crime kingpin to being at the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. Bulger originally became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. However, after the Feds closed in on their targets, they double crossed Bulger and ultimately prosecuted him, along with his partner in crime.
Cumberbatch joining this film makes it a little more interesting, but we would have preferred to see him square off with Depp instead of playing his brother. But we're even more intrigued by the addition of Scott, who has mostly starred in comedies up to this point with the exception of indies like The Vicious Kind and a small role in The Aviator. Perhaps once the NBC series "Parks and Recreation" is finished in 2015 he'll try landing some more dramatic roles. Production is is already underway with Scott Cooper behind the camera and a script coming from Mark Mallouk, based on Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob. Sound good?