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(Cbr) Johnny Depp has some brotherly company for his next crime-spree. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor is set to star in Warner Bros. and Cross Creek’s "Black Mass", about legendary Boston mobster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger. Now, Variety reports, another new actor is in the mix: Guy Pearce, fresh off his turn as the villainous Aldrich Killian in "Iron Man 3". He joins "Black Mass" as one of Bulger’s brothers. In addition to Depp and Pearce, "Black Mass" stars Joel Edgerton as FBI agent John Connelly. Scott Cooper of "Out of the Furnace" and "Crazy Heart" is set to direct. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Joel Edgerton is one of Hollywood’s best and busiest rising stars, and though he’s been working for some time now, the last couple of years have been particularly kind to him. Films like Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Great Gatsby all benefited from the actor’s talents, and he’s just added Anton Corbijn’s Life to his slate.
The film tells the story of friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and actor James Dean (Dane DeHaan) in 1955, when Stock was commissioned to photograph the rising superstar for Life magazine. The assignment took the two on a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York, then to Dean’s home in Indiana.
According to Variety, Edgerton has been tapped to play John Morris, the Magnum Photography editor who brokered the deal for the photos with Life. Seeing as he was one of the best things about The Great Gatsby, »
- James Garcia
Not too long ago we got our first look at Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean respectively in Anton Corbijn upcoming true life story Life and now Joel Edgerton is joining the cast of the film with production already in progress Edgerton will join the cast, which also includes Ben Kingsley and Kristen Hager, and will play Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos Stock was commissioned to take of Dean on a photographic journey across the Us, from La to New York and on to Indiana. Variety Edgerton will also be starring opposite Johnny Depp in Scott Cooper's Black Mass and now Guy Pearce is now in talks to play former President of the Massachusetts Senate Billy Bulger, brother of Whitey Bulger to be played by Depp. Variety amz asin="B00CO4GO7I" size="small »
- Brad Brevet
The assignment took the pair on a photographic journey from Los Angeles to New York and on to Indiana. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The story centers on freelance photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who was commissioned by Life Magazine to photograph movie star James Dean (Dane DeHaan) on a journey from Los Angeles to New York, chronicling their growing friendship along the way. Joel Edgerton is portraying Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal with Life Magazine for the photos. Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi also star in this drama based on a true story.
• The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kill Your Darling’s Dane DeHaan in upcoming period drama, Life. Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct the film, which centers around the real life friendship that blossomed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the iconic movie star for Life magazine in 1955. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, the man who brokered the deal for the photographs with Life. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Here's the latest casting additions to the following films: Joel Edgerton is set for Anton Corbijn's Life, starring opposite Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are in negotiations to star in the spy comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, which now has Greg Mottola attached to direct. Ciaran Hinds has joined Aleksander Bach's Hitman sequel, Agent 47, starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, and Thomas Kretschmann. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from Variety is word that Edgerton will join Life, which recently began shooting in Ontario, Canada. "The story centers on the friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for "Life" magazine in 1955. The assignment took the pair on a photographic journey from Los Angeles to New York and on to Indiana." Edgerton stars as Magnum Photography editor, »
- Dave Trumbore
With diehard RPatz fans trying desperately not to fall asleep during "The American" as they bone up on the movies of Anton Corbijn, they'll have to expand their study list as another top shelf talent joins "Life." Joel Edgerton (rent "Animal Kingdom," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Warrior" kiddies) has joined Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan in the film that's currently in production in Ontario, Canada. Penned by Luke Davies ("Candy") the film inspired by the real-life friendship between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan). Edgerton will play Stock's editor who made the deal with Life magazine for the images that would become iconic. [Variety] Sienna Miller, who has mostly be doing underseen indies for the last while, has a big year ahead. She features in Bennett Miller's forthcoming "Foxcatcher," and has now booked a role in Clint Eastwood's next effort. She'll start alongside Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The plot focuses on the friendship between Dean (played by DeHaan) and photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson), which developed after Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for Life magazine in 1955.
Edgerton has reportedly signed up to portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, who brokered the deal for the photos.
Life is scheduled for a 2015 release. »
Although shooting has been underway for some time, we have a late addition to Anton Corbijn‘s drama Life. Variety reports that Joel Edgerton has jumped about, portraying an editor for Magnum Photography named John Morris, who is instrumental in the events of film. As scripted by Luke Davies, the story centers on the relationship between James Dean (Dane DeHaan) and Life Magazine‘s Dennis [...] »
- Jordan Raup
The story centers on the friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the star for Life magazine in 1955. The assignment took the pair on a photographic journey from Los Angeles to New York and on to Indiana.
Edgerton is represented by CAA and Shanahan Management. Bob Wallerstein is his lawyer.
- Dave McNary
After experiencing some bad delays early in its pre-production, the upcoming gangster movie Black Mass has been assembling an impressive ensemble of stars. Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton are already on board and there has been some talk that Tom Hardy could come aboard as well, but the big story for the film today is that Guy Pearce is now in talks to join the cast as well (via Variety). Both being written and directed by Scott Cooper - the filmmaker behind Crazy Heart and Out Of The Furnace - Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger as me rose to prominance as one of the most powerful mob bosses in Boston. He also spent years as an FBI informant who gave up a great number of his competitors in order to keep his business thriving. Also keeping him in the game was John Connolly, an FBI agent »
The story of James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger Jr is one of legendary drama, violence, politics, and familial tensions, and Hollywood studios have wanted to put it on film for a number of years. Those plans are now solidifying for Warner Bros., with the casting of Guy Pearce as brother to Johnny Depp’s mob boss, Whitey Bulger, in the forthcoming Black Mass.
The film will be based upon the book ‘Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI And A Devil’s Deal’ written by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, and published in 2012 – a year after Bulger’s long overdue incarceration. The source material details the relationship between Whitey Bulger and John Connolly – childhood friends who would eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the law as Bulger rose to the top of crime organizations, and John Connolly rose to the top of the Boston FBI Field Office. What transpired »
- Sarah Myles
We're only three actors in, and "Black Mass" is already serving up an abundance of dudes we really like. When he's not falling over backwards into Helena Bonham Carter's closet for costumes, Johnny Depp does some of his most fascinating work, while Joel Edgerton usually owns whatever he's in. And with the pair already signed up for the gangster pic "Black Mass," they're letting one more major talent into their midst. Guy Pearce has joined the Whitey Bulger flick, slated to play the mob boss' brother, Billy Bulger. Yes, Depp and Pearce will be legit bros in a movie. The movie gods are smiling down. Scott Cooper will direct the film about the notorious Boston criminal who both evaded and conspired with the FBI, in a story that's too good to be true but actually is. [Variety] In case you missed the news, indie hero Hal Hartley is closing off »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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 »
- Ethan Anderton
Director Anton Corbijn has added Joel Edgerton ( Warrior , Zero Dark Thirty ) to the cast of his upcoming Life , Variety reports. Edgerton joins previously-announced leads Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Scripted by Luke Davies, Life is based on the true friendship formed between actor James Dean (DeHaan) and photojournalist Dennis Stock (Pattinson). Edgerton will play John Morris, Magnum's photography editor. Iain Canning, Christina Piovesan and Emile Sherman are attached to produce with production planned to begin in February 2014. (Photo Credit: C.Smith / WENN.com) »
Pearce will take on the role of the brother of Whitey Bulger (Depp) in the biopic of the Boston mob boss.
Bulger went on the run for ten years after being sold out by a childhood friend, and was not caught until 2011.
Joel Edgerton is also attached to the project.
Depp exited the film last year before signing back on to it in January.
Black Mass will begin shooting later in 2014. »
I have a couple of excellent casting updates for you this morning. Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass had a rough start (with the star leaving the project at one point), but things are looking fine now. Joel Edgerton will also star in the film, and Variety is reporting Guy Pearce is in talks to join Black Mass. If he signs on, Pearce will be playing Whitey Bulger's brother. I think Guy Pearce is one of the most underrated actors working today, and I'm sure »
- Jesse Giroux
Johnny Depp is portraying Bulger, a Boston criminal who also served as an FBI informant. With the help of his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), and his brother and former President of the Massachussets State Senate (Guy Pearce), Bulger was able to systematically wipe out his competition.
Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Boston ahead of an October 2015 release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Johnny Depp is portraying James 'Whitey' Bulger, a Boston criminal who also served as an FBI informant to get rid of his competition in South Boston, with the help of his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and his brother (Guy Pearce), the former President of the Massachussets State Senate.
When Connolly tipped Bulger off that the feds were planning on double-crossing him, the criminal went into hiding for more than a decade, rising to the top of the FBI's Most Wanted list before he was eventually caught in 2011 while hiding out in Santa Monica, California. The criminal served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello in 2006 Best Picture winner The Departed and Pete Postlethwaite's Fergus "Fergie" Colm in The Town. »
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