January 20, 2017  

Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce in 'Black Mass'

May 22, 2014 (4:42 am) GMT
Cumberbatch will portray the brother of Johnny Depp's Whitey Bulger, the former FBI informant who was hunted down for being a crime kingpin himself.
Benedict Cumberbatch Replaces Guy Pearce in 'Black Mass'

has joined the cast ensemble of Whitey Bulger biopic "". He is brought in as a last minute replacement for who departed the project due to scheduling conflicts. "We were not able to make it work with Guy," Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver told Variety.

Pearce was originally set to play Bulger's brother, Bill, who was president of the Massachusetts Senate and a big power broker in town. is booked to tackle the role of FBI agen named John Connolly who is also Bulger's childhood friend, while is tapped to portray the main character.

The film tells the story of Bulger, who became an FBI informant to bring down a Mafia family invading his turf. He was later outed as a criminal himself and went into hiding when the Feds closed in on their targets. He became a fugitive for years before being arrested in 2011. Connolly also ends up in prison for tipping Bulger about the Feds' plan.

Scott Cooper ("") serves as a director for the biopic. Production has begun in Boston, Massachusetts. , , , and another newly added member are among the cast as well. No release date has been announced for this pic.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. 'Power Rangers' First Full Trailer Offers First Official Look at Zordon and Megazord
  2. Nancy Sinatra Slams Donald Trump for Using Her Father's Song at His Inauguration Ball
  3. Ariana Grande Shares Sweet Birthday Message for 'Soulmate' Mac Miller
  4. Bella Thorne Gets Flirty With Zedd on Twitter and His Fans Absolutely Hate It
  5. Fetty Wap and Monty Flaunt Million-Dollar Bling in New Video for 'S**t I Like'
  6. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes Reportedly Fighting Over Whether to Have Baby No. 3
  7. Suki Waterhouse Flashes Nipples in See-Through Dress During Chilly Beach Photo Shoot
  8. Anne Hathaway Controls a Monster in 'Colossal' Trailer