The Venice Film Festival is currently in full swing an in surprising news, four major dramas set to get a wide U.S. release soon have screened so far and all of them have been landing rave reviews.
Amongst them is “Black Mass,” filmmaker Scott Cooper’s crime drama about Boston mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger who is currently serving two life sentences for murder and other crimes. Reviews so far have seen Johnny Depp, who plays Bulger, scoring some of the best notices he’s had in over a decade.
The film itself scored two rounds of strong applause as well, while several supporting actors in the film like Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch have also scored good notices. One person who WAS in the film was actress Sienna Miller who was to play the role of Bulger’s girlfriend. That role was cut out of the film entirely in the editing room.
Talking about that decision, Cooper tells The Boston Globe that the film’s focus decided to stick with the mobster’s earlier life and though Miller had been “fantastic,” the decision to cut her “came down to narrative choices.”
Warners begins an international rollout of “Black Mass” on September 17th.