Johnny Depp’s Notorious B.I.G Film Has Release Date Pulled

City Of Lies

The story of the Notorious BIG scandal starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whittaker has just been pulled from theatrical release - less then a month before it was supposed to open in cinemas.

The film had a hard production process with Depp allegedly assaulting a crew member, former location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks, on set in Los Angeles.

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. The studio chose to put the movie on hold as marketing such a film with Johnny Depp as a star would be a challenge right now, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

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The film's producer Miriam Segal and director Brad Furman are also named in Greg "Rocky" Brooks' lawsuit, as Brooks claims he was sacked after refusing to say he wouldn't sue over the Depp incident.

For now, City Of Lies remains date-free, and will remain that way for the indefinite future.

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In City of Lies, Depp plays LAPD detective Russell Poole, and Whitaker is the journalist looking into the unsolved murder, which came six months after the death of Smalls' rap rival Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas. The actor was recently the subject of a damaging profile piece recently published by Rolling Stone. The suit, which also names the film's director and producers, alleges that Depp verbally abused Brooks before punching him twice.

Depp, who faced accusations of domestic violence in his divorce from Amber Heard, previous year generated controversy for another film he's attached to, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".

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