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Johnny Depp, Scott Cooper to Appear in Conversation at AFI Fest in Partnership with Variety

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Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and filmmaker Scott Cooper, the director of “Crazy Heart” and “Black Mass,” will appear together on Sunday night at AFI Fest Presented by Audi. “A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp” is sponsored by Vizio and in partnership with Variety. The Q&A will be moderated by Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Free tickets are available at the AT&T Box Office and online at AFI.com/AFIFEST.

Cooper and Depp will be discussing their collaboration on “Black Mass,” now in theaters. The film tells the story of notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Depp) and how he came to power in Boston, largely thanks to his cooperation with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton.) The ensemble includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott and Juno Temple.

The conversation is one of many taking place during AFI FEST, including discussions with Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”), Ridley Scott (“The Martian”) and Michael Caine (“Youth.”) Films premiering at the fest include Angelina Jolie-Pitt’s “By the Sea” and “The Big Short,” starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

AFI Fest takes place November 5–12 in Hollywood.