“A murder like that only goes unsolved if the police don’t want to solve it.” That’s the take of Johnny Depp’s cha racter LAPD detective Russell Poole in City of Lies, Global Road’s Brad Furman-directed crime thriller based on the true story behind the investigation into the murder of rap star the Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, in 1997.
Due for a September 7th release date, the film , co-stars Forest Whitaker as the journalist looking into the unsolved murder, which came six months after the death of Smalls’ rap rival Tupac Shakur in Las Veags. Whitaker’s “Jack” Jackson teams with Poole and unravels a growing web of institutional corruption and lies that could pull the city apart.
Christian Contreras penned the script based on Randall Sullivan’s 2002 book, which chronicled Poole’s investigation and his discovery of the relationships between members of the LAPD and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. Many have stated Poole’s accounts are false and fabricated. Poole has investigated both Smalls’ and Tupac’s deaths. Poole died in 2015. Watch the trailer below.