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Sienna Miller: Black Mass role cut by director

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Sienna Miller was among the surfeit of A-listers cast in the upcoming true-crime thriller Black Mass, but audiences won’t be able to see any proof of that when the Johnny Depp movie hits theaters later this month. 

According to the film’s director Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace), Miller’s role as Catherine Greig, a girlfriend of Depp’s character, notorious Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger, was cut from the final film. “It came down to narrative choices,” Cooper told The Boston Globe.

Last year, Miller told the Globe about her preparation to play Greig, who lived with Bulger during his 16 years on the run from law enforcement officials and was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping the gangster evade capture. “She was quite a character from South Boston. The accent was something I really focused on because playing someone from Southie, you don’t want to mess that up,” she said. “Hopefully I’ve managed to pull that off, although I think everyone’s like, ‘How can you be English and think you can do that?'”

During that interview, Miller said her role was small compared to the rest of the film’s cast: “I shot for two weeks, it’s a really cameo,” she said. “It’s not a leading role. I had an amazing time working with Johnny Depp, who I think is extraordinary and Scott Cooper, the director, who’s made some amazing films as well. The story’s in the right hands and it was amazingly fun to come in. I got to be from Southie, I got to age from 28 to 56.”

Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll and many more star in Black Mass, which will arrive in theaters on Sept. 18.

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