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Johnny Depp exits Whitey Bulger biopic 'Black Mass'
Johnny Depp is leaving the world of crime behind.
The "Lone Ranger" actor has exited the long-gestating "Black Mass," the biopic of infamous Boston gangster White Bulger.
Depp signed on to star in the Barry Levinson-directed film in February. There's no official statement as to why he exited the high-profile project, but there's been speculation that he balked at the idea of cutting his $20 million fee, according to Variety.
Bulger was the head of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang, and was on the run for 16 years after being indicted for federal racketeering in 1995. He was finally captured in 2011 in Santa Monica, and is currently awaiting trial in Boston on charges related to 19 murders.
"Black Mass" will reportedly shoot later this year, so Depp's replacement will likely be announced soon. Joel Edgerton will co-star as an FB agent.
Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing with John Lesher. Previously, directors such as Jim Sheridan and Ben Affleck were attached.
The project is based on "Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob," by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.
Depp will next be seen in "The Lone Ranger" and is currently filming Wally Pfister's "Transcendence."