On September 7, 1996, Lesane Parish Crooks, better known as Tupac Shakur, was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada; he died six days later. His murder is still unsolved. On March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, was shot in Los Angeles, California; he died an hour later. His murder is still unsolved. There have been countless accusations and attempts at putting together what happened — a recent documentary alleged that “Diddy did it” — but to no avail. Until now. Mortdecai’s on the case.
Johnny Depp, who’s going through a different kind of everyday struggle right now, has reportedly signed on to star in Labyrinth. Based on Randall Sullivan’s non-fiction book of the same name, Labyrinth — which has nothing to do with David Bowie’s Goblin King (probably) — chronicles Russell Poole, “the late L.A. detective who towards the end of the 1990s investigated the unsolved assassinations of hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls,” according to Screen Daily. “Poole encountered endless dead ends, yet his dogged legwork uncovered corruption in the LAPD that rocked the institution to its core.”
As far as recent Johnny Depp movies go, Labyrinth is probably more Black Mass than Tusk. His eccentricities have to be somewhat restrained because he’s playing a real person; Depp can’t go off and do whatever he did in Alice Through the Looking Glass. That’s not a bad thing. Also, “Johnny Depp tries to solve Tupac and Biggie’s murders” is a headline that would make sense (but also not make any sense) in the late 1999s and mid 2010s. Hopefully he can tap back into his Donnie Brasco/Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas magic again.
(Via Screen Daily)