Fans the world over were devastated when 90s hip hop legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were killed in drive-by shootings only six months apart from one another. Both artists had seen huge success in their relatively short careers, touching the lives of many people with their thought provoking lyrics and unique sounds. Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. developed a number of rivalries over the years, however, and the investigations into their tragic deaths almost seemed to be dismissed straight away as a result of gang violence. Of course, this led to the public developing a variety of theories as to the true story of their murders, which, when added to the lack of witnesses and conflicting testimonies, has left a lot of questions unanswered and the cases remain officially unsolved to this day.
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Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me started production in January, but Labyrinth takes more specific aim at the killings rather than providing a full life story. Director Brad Furman, whose recent credits include The Lincoln Lawyer and soon-to-be-released The Infiltrator, is already on board, but the exciting news has arrived by way of Screen Daily that Johnny Depp has signed on for the role of detective Russell Poole, who investigated both the murders of Biggie and Tupac in the belief that there was a link between them.
Depp would surely take on a more straight role here in comparison to the majority of work he’s done over his career, and, given the general success of last year’s Black Mass, in which he played real life gangster Whitey Bulger, it would provide a good change from the whacky characters that audiences have grown a little tired of.
Although the 53-year-old will indeed be returning as world renown pirate Captain Jack Sparrow for Disney’s fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, we think Depp will generally gravitate more towards the straighter roles moving forward, and, if his recent work in films such as Public Enemies and the aforementioned Black Mass are anything to go by, it could certainly kickstart his career in a ‘McConaissance’ kind of way.
Pairing Depp with the material in Labyrinth could make for interesting viewing given the subject matter, and the fact that he, usually, only picks projects he’s really passionate about may result in a truly terrific movie.
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