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Those hoping Johnny Depp breaks from working with director Tim Burton after the underwhelming Dark Shadows – and recovers from Jack Sparrow fatigue in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – can rejoice, as the actor takes on the Tonto mantle in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (though, controversy surrounding the expensive western blockbuster leaves the final outcome uncertain).

Meanwhile, the actor is boarding two very different projects that begin filming this year: 1) Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut on the sci-fi flick Transcendence and 2) the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, with Depp playing “the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston.”

Black Mass is based on the non-fiction book by former Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill. It’s been in development going back to 2008, originating as ...

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