First Look at Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Crime Drama ‘Black Mass’ (Photo)

Scott Cooper directs film also starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Last Updated: April 22, 2015 @ 1:37 PM

Johnny Depp has made a career out of playing colorful characters, and he’s added another to the list, judging by the first photo released from true-crime drama “Black Mass,” about notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger.

EW has the first photo featuring Depp with thinning hair, clad in leather and wielding a shotgun, with a dead body in his wake.

“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra — you never knew where he could strike,” the film’s director Scott Cooper told EW.

The first footage from the film premiered at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

The Warner Bros. crime drama co-stars Joel Edgerton as friendly FBI agent John Connolly, Benedict Cumberbatch as brother Billy Bulger, Sienna Miller as girlfriend Catherine Greig and Jesse Plemons as right-hand Kevin Weeks.

The film’s impressive ensemble also includes Adam Scott, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, Jeremy Strong, Julianne Nicholson and W. Earl Brown.

The film will be released on Sept. 18. See the first photo below.

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