He’s made his name as one of Hollywood’s finest chameleon actors, transforming into everyone from Edward Scissorhands to Hunter S Thompson to James “Whitey” Bulger. And now Johnny Depp is to play the late detective Russell Poole in a thriller about the unsolved murders of rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.
According to reports, Good Films producer Miriam Segal will introduce an adaptation of Portland journalist Randall Sullivan’s 2003 book LAbyrinth to buyers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival.
Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting at the age of 25 on 13 September 1996, while Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher Wallace) was gunned down on 9 March 1997 at the age of 24.
Before suffering a fatal heart attack in 2015, Poole launched a year-long investigation into the murders and believed officers from the LAPD and Death Row Records CEO Marion ‘Suge’ Knight were responsible for the 1997 shooting of Notorious B.I.G.
This theory served as the basis for a legal case brought against the city of Los Angeles by Wallace’s mother, Voletta Wallace. But the case was thrown out in 2010, after five years.
Poole’s theory has been discredited by LAPD detective Greg Kading, who investigated the cases in 2006 and concluded that it was more likely gangs were responsible for the shootings rather than corrupt police officers.
LAbyrinth will be helmed by filmmaker Brad Furman, who previous film The Lincoln Lawyer received heaps of acclaim in 2011.
The film is Depp’s first new role since his abuse allegations and divorce from Amber Heard.
Last month, a judge dismissed the 30-year-old Rum Diary actress’s restraining order and domestic violence case against Depp following their £5.5million settlement – which Heard is donating to charity.
After playing gangster “Whitey” Bulger in last year’s Black Mass, Depp received some of the best reviews of his career.
You read AAA’s review of Black Mass HERE.