Monday, 23 January 2017

Forest Whitaker set to join Johnny Depp in new drama LAbyrinth

News arrives via Deadline that Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler) is set to join Johnny Depp  (Alice In Wonderland) for true life crime story LAbyrinth.

As the unusual spelling of the title might suggest, this isn't the Labyrinth (1986) reboot that has people concerned. Christian Contreras' script, itself adapted from Randall Sullivan's book, is about the investigation into the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG.

Depp will is set to play a disgraced LAPD detective frustrated by his lack of progress on the case, while Whitaker is playing a journalist who teams up with the cop to try to solve the murders of the music icons. Both men are in need of a little redemption, and both discover that the police force might not be on their side...

Brad Furman (The Infiltrator) is preparing to direct this one, which will be out later this year. Whitaker is currently on our screens in Denis Villeneuve's (Sicario) Arrival and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Depp, meanwhile, has Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge arriving in cinemas on 26 May, though he also has a small cameo in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them to kick off his involvement in that franchise.

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