London, Feb 4: Johnny Depp is set to play the notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger in the new flick 'Black Mass', which starts shooting in May.
The film recounts the story of the godfather of Boston's underworld, who became an FBI informant to get rid of a gangster rival but was eventually arrested in 2011.
Adapted from a book by two Boston Globe journalists, 'Black Mass' will be directed by Barry Levinson, who won an Oscar for best director in 1988 for 'Rain Man', Sky News reported.
Bulger, 83, is currently awaiting trial on 19 counts of murder plus charges relating to drug dealing, extortion, money laundering and conspiracy. He denies the charges.
He became an FBI informant in 1975 and in 1994, after apparently being tipped off by his former FBI handler, he went into hiding.
He was on the run until June 2011, when he was arrested without incident at a house in Santa Monica, California.
During his time as a fugitive he featured for more than a decade on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. (ANI)