City of Lies: Johnny Depp's Notorious BIG film shelved

City of Lies: Johnny Depp's Notorious BIG film shelved

City of Lies: Johnny Depp's Notorious BIG film shelved

Johnny Depp's upcoming thriller about the Notorious B.I.G. murder has been pulled from the release calendar only a month before it was set to debut.

According to Deadline, Depp's movie was set to release on September 7, but that will no longer be the case.

Distributor Global Road Entertainment confirmed to industry press on Monday that the film would no longer be released in the United States on 7 September as planned but did not give further comment or any indication of a new release date.

The film's loss of a guaranteed release date comes as the latest blow to the actor who was once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars. Add in the restraining order that Depp's ex-wife, Amber Heard, still has out, and the recent ugly fraud settlement that saw him trying to correct a "negative portrayal" in a Rolling Stone article, and it's easy to see why the studio might be panicking. Depp plays LAPD Detective Russell Poole, who retired in disgrace after being unable to solve the infamous murders of the two iconic rappers.

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Despite rumours that Johnny Depp will return to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise for a sixth chapter (even though Disney sacked James Gunn for offensive jokes, which rank significantly lower on the crime ladder than physical assault), there's potentially some bad news for the actor as well.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, this collection of factors would have made any effort by Depp to promote the upcoming movie almost impossible without navigating a metaphorical mine field of awkward questions.

City Of Lies has been shelved, for now.

Depp appeared in character at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con.

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