Guy Pearce Joining Mob Drama 'Black Mass' as Johnny Depp's Brother
Now that Johnny Depp has returned to the mob drama Black Mass as infamous Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, and Joel Edgerton is locked in as the childhood friend turned FBI agent who pursued him while also helping him stay at large, the rest of the cast is starting to fill out. Variety has word that Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is in talks to play Depp's brother, though it's not clear how integral the character is in the real-life story about the criminal turned FBI informant, who 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. More below!
The project had some trouble awhile ago when the budget was reduced, and could no longer afford Depp's fee for the film. Shortly thereafter, Barry Levinson fell out of the director's chair. But then Depp circled back to the project when Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper came into the mix. At one time, Tom Hardy was being lined up for Edgerton's role, but clearly that never solidified. Pearce will next be seen alongside Robert Pattinson in The Rover, a crime film from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd.