It has been 21 years since hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G., aka Christopher Wallace was gunned down in Los Angeles. The case remains unsolved, and no one has ever been arrested, much less charged, in the homicide. As such, it continues to intrigue the public at large. And now, on the heels of USA Network’s recent Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., none other than Johnny Depp is going to try to solve the case, in a new trailer has just been released.
In City of Lies, Depp plays former Los Angeles Police Detective Russell Poole, who’s brought out of retirement by a journalist (Forest Whitaker) intent on finally figuring out who killed Biggie. Whitaker’s character is based on Randall Sullivan, whose book serves as the source material for Brad Furman’s film, and from the looks of the trailer, he’ll be roping Depp’s protagonist into a whole heap of trouble. With all signs pointing to a cover-up by the LAPD, Depp’s and Whitaker’s effort to uncover the truth that’s been kept secret for two decades — and that, according to Depp, "could ruin the city."
Depp has made his stock-in-trade, Poole appears to be the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s return to the sort of character-based acting he’s eschewed for far too long. Co-starring Xander Berkeley and Shea Whigham, 'City of Lies' premieres in theaters on September 7.