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Johnny Depp-Starrer ‘Black Mass’ To World Premiere At Venice Film Festival

The 72nd Venice Film Festival has confirmed that U.S. director Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” toplining Johnny Depp, will world premiere out-of-competition, as predicted by Variety.

Black Mass” will screen on Friday, Sept. 4, in the Sala Grande venue in the Lido’s Palazzo del Cinema.

“Black Mass,” which Warner Bros. will release in the U.S. on Sept. 18, is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s. The Italian release is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Pic also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, making for a hefty dose of star power likely to be disembarking on the Lido.

“Black Mass” is produced by John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick, and Tyler Thompson, with Brett Ratner, James Packer, Peter Mallouk, Ray Mallouk, Christopher Woodrow, Brett Granstaff, Gary Granstaff, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross serving as executive producers.

The screenplay is by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth (“Get on Up,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open Venice Sept. 2, also out-of-competition.

The Venice Film Festival will run Sept. 2-12.

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