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Johnny Depp to star in Notorious B.I.G/Tupac thriller Labyrinth

Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp is to star in Labyrinth, a new thriller about the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

To be directed by Brad Furman, of The Lincoln Lawyer and The Informant fame, the film will see Depp playing true life character named Detective Russell Poole, the Los Angeles police detective who investigated the murders of the rappers.

The screenplay has been adapted from Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal by Christian Contreras.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Poole was a decorated detective who spent months investigating the murders.

He eventually came to believe that a group of “gangsta cops in his own force were not only involved but were also tied to Death Row Records and the Bloods street gang”.

He subsequently clashed with the LAPD police chief and ended up going into early retirement in protest over his lack of progress on the case.

Depp’s casting continues the actor’s recent decisions to play more serious roles in between his franchise efforts. Last year, he won some of the best reviews of his career for his portrayal of gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

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