Johnny Depp‘s next film is called Labyrinth, but it’s not what you think. No, instead of a reboot of David Bowie‘s classic eighties film (thank the gods), Depp’s Labyrinth will be an investigative journey into the assassinations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
As Screen Daily reports, Depp will be playing Russell Poole, the real-life LA cop who spent the latter part of the ’90s investigating the still-unsolved killings of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. The case consistently introduced new and complicated barriers for Poole to overcome throughout his investigation, and Poole’s work ultimately uncovered a significant amount of corruption within the LAPD that shook the police department to its core.
The movie is based on a book of the same name by Randall Sullivan, and will be directed by Brad Furman. Furman also directed The Infiltrator and The Lincoln Lawyer, so his style should fit perfectly into this gritty story of murder, conspiracy, and police corruption. While it probably won’t bring any more closure to Tupac and Biggie Smalls’ deaths, it will certainly bring some clarity to how the investigation of their murders were handled. And Johnny Depp is always riveting to watch onscreen, so that’s definitely a plus.
There has been no release date on the film or additional casting announcements, but production is set to start later this year. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to travel through the Labyrinth of the LAPD.
Did you read Randall Sullivan’s book? What did you think of it? What aspects of the Tupac/Biggie Smalls murders do you hope gets discussed in the film? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
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