A couple of months ago Jesse Plemons’ name was linked with Star Wars, but now he’s landed a different role, as THR reports that he’s up for Black Mass, starring alongside Johnny Depp and a fellow new addition, Juno Temple.
The film is a biopic of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (Depp), a Boston criminal who ended up becoming an FBI informant, with the help of his longtime friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) and his brother (Guy Pearce), who was the former President of the Massachussets State Senate. However Whitey didn’t completely turn good guy, as his tips to the feds were mainly about getting rid of his mob competition.
When Connolly tipped Bulger off that the feds were planning on double-crossing him, the criminal went into hiding for more than a decade, rising to the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list before he was eventually caught in 2011 while hiding out in Santa Monica, California.
Plemons will be Kevin Weeks, “a blue-collar tough guy who is part of Whitey’s inner circle.” Temple meanwhile will be a prostitute.
As Black Mass is due to shoot this summer, it suggests Plemons is out of contention for Star Wars, which isn’t too surprising as he was just one of many young actors JJ Abrams met for role in the movie.