Johnny Depp’s Biggie Smalls, Tupac Movie Gets Pulled One Month Before Release

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The Johnny Depp film centered on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac has been pulled from the distributors’ release schedule just before it was set to be put in cinemas next month.

“City of Lies,” a thriller initially titled “LAbyrinth,” was supposed to be opening in theaters Sept. 7, but according to The Hollywood Reporter that’s no longer happening. No new release date has been set by Global Road Entertainment.

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The movie sees Depp play an LAPD detective alongside Forest Whitaker investigating the murder of the 1990s rap icons and failing to solve them.

As for why “City of Lies” was yanked from the release calendar, it could have to do with the negativity surrounding its lead actor.

For one, Depp has been accused of punching a crewmember on set, resulting in a lawsuit when the worker was fired after refusing to promise not to go to court over the event.

And recently, Depp appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to promote the Harry Potter spin-off film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” When Depp arrived to promote the ensemble flick, which is still slated for release on Nov. 16, he arrived at the end of the presentation dressed in character as Grindelwald to deliver a speech that would make your skin crawl. Still, fans applauded the display, even amid allegations that he exhibited abusive behavior toward his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Before the Comic-Con event, a damaging Rolling Stone profile also emerged. In it, Depp’s reputation as an eccentric, troubled actor was cemented. Instead of firmly setting the record straight about his overspending — which has been the subject of a public lawsuit from his former managers — it simply confirmed allegations that he spends a hefty amount of money on wine. He said claims that only dropped $30,000 a month on the beverage was “insulting” because “it was far more.”

That  $25 million case, which would have examined the actor’s lost fortune, was settled last month.

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