Venice Film Festival organizers today announced that Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring biopic of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, will get its world premiere out of competition at this year’s fest. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), the film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon. The film will screen September 4 in the Sala Grande. Venice’s dates this year are September 2-12.
“The filming of ‘Mena’ in Ball Ground brought this little town to life,” said resident Alessandra Elliott, who enjoyed gathering with her fellow citizens to watch the action. “‘Mena’ brought Ball Ground out to play. It brought us together. I hope the newly found notoriety brings in investors so we can open all the currently closed commercial spaces. And I hope now people won’t go, ‘You live where? Where is that?’”