Filming is taking place now in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. The locals are taking sneak photos and are pretty excited. So are the Gangsterologists, because the production company and at least one of the actors have been in contact with respected crime historians and descendants to get all those little details about the machine-gun bandits just right.
The photo of Johnny Depp (above) comes from this anonymous blogger, who actually took the photos. He advises that they have been cut and pasted all over the Internet by professional media who did not (as I now have) seek permission (tsk, tsk, copyright violation).
It sure sounds as though they're making every effort to create an authentic film. The photos show the actual 1932 Studabaker sedan used by Dillinger's gang (owned by Historic Auto Attractions in Roscoe, IL) to rob a bank in Greencastle, Indiana in 1933.
The film is based on Bryan Burrough's Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34, adapted by Oscar-winning director Michael Mann, a Chicago native. (Burrough (Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal) is the fellow yours truly recently dubbed a snotty jerk. Yikes. Did I say that?)
Methinks these folks will take the money and run.
For more reading, check out The John Dillinger Died For You Society