Dakota Johnson to play Johnny Depp's love interest in Black Mass

  • PTI, Los Angeles
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  • Updated: Mar 22, 2014 14:14 IST

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Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson is in talks to play Johnny Depp's love interest in a film based on notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger.

The 24-year-old actress will play the mother of Bulger's baby in Scott Cooper-directed Black Mass, reported Deadline.

Bulger became an FBI informant in taking down a Mafia family who invaded his turf. However, he was later outed as a criminal himself and went into hiding when the Feds closed in on their targets. He became a fugitive for years before being arrested in 2011.

The infamous Boston crime kingpin has a couple of women in his life, but Johnson is circling a role of Lindsey, the mother of his son Douglas. Barry Levinson was originally attached to direct the movie, but now it has Scott Cooper at the helm.

Joel Edgerton will play FBI agent John Connolly, who is Bulger's childhood friend. Connolly himself ends up in prison for tipping Bulger when the Feds closed in on their targets.

Guy Pearce will play Bulger's brother, Bill, who was president of the Massachusetts Senate and a big power broker in town.

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