Empire Magazine has been the big provider of much of our news during our slow last week. In addition to a new picture of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from the cover of an upcoming issue and the very first picture of Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, the first images of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in costume were released for their upcoming film, Public Enemies.

Public Enemies is a film about the infamous bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and his exploits during the depression. The film will center around the FBI, led by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) attempting to put a stop to the notorious gansters: John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd.

While Dillinger was pulling off heists against the looked-down-upon banks (for leading the country into the depression), the FBI tried to take advantage of the situation and use the case to increase its power and jurisdiction – leading to the Bureau becoming the national agency it is today. Christian Bale plays Melvin Purvis, the FBI’s top agent who’s assigned to capture Dillinger and the story follows the many run-ins, shootouts and other twists and turns between Murvis’ men and Dillinger’s gang.

The images, although simple, look good. However, that’s easily accomplished when they feature two A-Listers currently superhot in Hollywood.

Take a look and see what you think.

The film’s cast also includes many recognizable actors, some of which who are starring in certain other big summer films of 2009. These include Channing Tatum (playing Duke in G.I. Joe), Billy Crudup (playing Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen), Devid Wenham, Emilie de Ravin, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephen Dorff.

I’m excited about this film as I love these old gangster style movies much like I enjoy many Westerns. The film’s cast speaks for itself and the story is perfect for a feature film.

What do you think of the images? Are you excited for the film?

Public Enemies is directed my Michael Mann is due out in theatres July 1st, 2009.

Source: Empire Magazine