The actor was confirmed to shoot Black Mass after he wraps on the sci-fi project Transcendence, which is currently in production. Johnny Depp was set to receive his usual $20 million for Black Mass, but due to soft sales at Cannes, the producers were looking to trim the $60 million budget. They asked the actor to accept $10 million, which he and his reps refused.
We reported earlier this month that Joel Edgerton signed on to play FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Whitey Bulger. It isn't known if Johnny Depp's departure will affect the involvement of Joel Edgerton.