Guy Pearce to Play Johnny Depp’s Brother in WB’s ‘Black Mass’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce is in talks to play Whitey Bulger’s brother in Warner Bros. and Cross Creek’s “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp as Bulger.

Joel Edgerton is also on board with Scott Cooper set to direct. Cross Creek will co-finance the pic with Warner Bros.

Several studios have been trying to get a story about the famous Boston mob boss off the ground for years and this one looks like it will finally make it into production.

Besides being a crime boss, Bulger was also an FBI informant who used this status as a way to eliminate criminal competition. After being tipped off by a childhood friend who worked for the FBI in the early 2000s about the feds being on to him, Bulger went on the lam, living with his girlfriend in a Santa Monica apartment building, and was not caught until 2011.

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.

Pearce’s credit’s include “Iron Man 3” and the upcoming David Michod thriller “The Rover.” He is repped by CAA, Ann Churchill Brown of Shanahan Management, and in the U.K. by Sally Long Innes of Independent Talent.

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  1. Suzie Fockface says:

    Hmm. Is this why he dropped out of an Australian movie yesterday? Bigger paycheck?

  2. DivaSue says:

    Okay, yes Guy Pearce is good, but the Bulger brothers are Irish Americans and they are short. I love Johnny Depp, but both Whitey & his brother have vivid blue eyes and typical Irish complexions. Good luck with the South Boston accent! I was born & raised 5 miles north of Boston.

  3. PETER says:

    Guy Pearce is awesome. Top of the line, I hate to say it, but Pearce is on an all-around much higher level than the characture-acting Depp. Pearce taught THE KING’S SPEECH cast how to speak ’30’s London English! I still think that he is awesome in PRICILLA and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. If this beautiful Aussie wanted to, he could have been, be, way higher than Depp, Fassbender, Gosling, Brad Cooper, Matthew Mc. Right up there with Chris Bale!

  4. HL says:

    Great – love this guy! Joel Edgerton, too. With them and Depp, Black Mass is shaping up to have a fresh, interesting cast.

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