Boston residents may be in for a treat today, they might catch a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch or Johnny Depp. Roads around the city have been restricted, due to filming on the new star-studded Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) directed movie Black Mass.
The ‘70s mobster movie, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, will tell the true story of powerful Irish brothers Whitey and Billy Bulger, who moved to South Boston’s Old Harbor Village housing project in 1938.
Cumberbatch’s character Billy Bulger became president of the Massachusetts Senate, while his brother Whitey Bulger, played by Depp, became a mob boss who, in 2013, went on trial for 32 counts of weapons charges, racketeering, money laundering and extortion. He was found guilty on 31 counts, and found to be involved with 11 murders.
The North End of Boston’s Margaret Street will be closed off intermittently over the next few days, and other areas have been turned into 1970s film sets – the Polish American Club in Cambridge has been converted into a ‘70s bar named Triple O’s, where Whitey Bulger used to drink.
Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will play Billy Bulger’s wife Lindsey Cyr, while Factory Girl’s Sienna Miller will play his long-term girlfriend Catherine Greig, who Billy was arrested with in 2011.
Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Juno Temple (The Dark Night Rises) will also star in the movie, which is due to be released in cinemas in late 2015.