The Venice Film Festival on Friday announced the out-of-competition world premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, at the 72nd edition of the big film event in September.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), the film sees Depp play notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The ensemble cast also includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon.
Black Mass will be screened on Sept. 4 in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido.
The film is about an FBI agent, played by Edgerton, who in 1970s Boston persuades Irish mobster Bulger (Depp) 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,” according to a film description.
Warner will distribute Black Mass worldwide beginning Sept. 18. Its Italian release is scheduled for Oct. 1.
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival will take place Sept. 2-Sept. 12.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Deppgangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.
“Black Mass” (pictured) is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s. Pic also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, making for a hefty dose of star power which will help keep global media outlets fed and pacified.
Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash” is a thriller about a celebrity couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the strange sun-drenched Italian island of Pantelleria, whose lives are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Dakota Johnson). Pic is fully financed by France’s StudioCanal, which in February sold U.S. rights to Fox.
Venice Film Festival takes place September 2-12 and it final list will be announce on July 29th.
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