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New "Black Mass" Trailer Debuts, Even as Mobster Whitey Bulger Appeals Case

Johnny Depp is terrifying as Bulger, the real-life Boston criminal who is still appealing his life sentence.

In a case of as-strange-as-fiction news, the new trailer for the Whitey Bulger movie Black Mass just hit the Internet—even as the real-life case that inspired the movie continues its ugly grind through the courts.

The new flick from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper chronicles the relationship between FBI agent John Connolly and Bulger, an infamous Boston crime lord, in the years before Bulger's incarceration. Depp is bone-chilling as Bulger; he flashes plenty of emotions in the two-and-a-half minute preview, and none of them involve smiling.

One of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted, Bulger was convicted in 2013 year on charges that he participated in 11 murders, drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and other crimes, according to The Boston Globe. He was sentenced to life in prison. 

The new trailer comes on the heels of an update in Bulger’s case: A Florida appeals court on Wednesday upheld the 2008 murder conviction of Connolly, reversing its own decision from a year earlier, Reuters reported. Connolly has been charged with murder on the grounds that he provided Bulger with information that prompted him to kill a businessman. The AP reports that Bulger himself has written a letter from prison asking for an appeal, claiming that he was granted immunity and prevented from testifying to make that claim in the previous trial. 

The film’s release is slated for September 18. Along with Depp, it will feature Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jesse Plemons (of Breaking Bad), and Dakota Johnson (of the 50 Shades of Grey) franchise.


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