First Black Mass Trailer: Johnny Depp’s Comeback?

Okay, we really want this one to be good.

The very first Black Mass trailer has been released, giving us our first look at the upcoming crime drama that sees Johnny Depp play real-life Irish mobster Whitey Bulger.

The film tells the true story of the unholy alliance between the FBI, led by Joel Edgerton’s John Connolly, and Bulger that was created in order to take down the Italian mob. Everything couldn’t have gone worse, the ill-conceived partnership resulting in Bulger becoming one of the most powerful gangsters in Boston history.

Could this be the comeback we’ve been waiting for Johnny Depp to have? After an almost unfathomable series of poor choices (Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, Mortdecai), we’ve all been waiting for Depp to give us a performance (and movie) we all know he’s capable of. Fingers crossed.

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), Black Mass‘ damn impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, and Jesse Plemons.

The film hits the U.S. on September 18.

Official rundown for Black Mass:

Black Mass stars Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Public Enemies”, “Donnie Brasco”, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly. Filming began in Boston under the direction of Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace,” “Crazy Heart”).

The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Twelve Years a Slave”) as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger, who is a Massachusetts State Senator; Jesse Plemons (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; Sienna Miller (“American Sniper”) as Whitey’s lover, Catherine Greig; Dakota Johnson (upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey”) as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; and Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick. Rounding out the main cast are David Harbour (“End of Watch”), Jeremy Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Brad Carter (HBO’s “True Detective”), W. Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) and Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”).

Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick and Scott Cooper are producing the film, with Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff and Gary Granstaff serving as executive producers. The screenplay is adapted from the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.