"I only want to work with actors [who] have a strong point of view and who want to race to set," Mr. Cooper said, the Daily Mail reported. "And Johnny is that type of actor. He's always pushing himself and always playing something different. He's one of the best actors in American screen history. Our hope is to really craft a full-bodied portrait in ways that you haven't seen."
Meanwhile, the movie's director, Scott Cooper, said he wants to "get to the root of the psychology and behavior" of Bulger and thought Mr. Depp, one of the nation's best character actors, was the right fit, he said, the Daily Mail reported.