Depp is attached to play detective Russell Poole, the Los Angeles police detective who investigated the murders of both legendary rappers, in Labyrinth, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Screen Daily first reported the news.
Poole was a decorated LAPD detective who spent months investigating Notorious B.I.G.’s (real name Christopher Wallace) murder. His investigation led him to believe that a group officers in his own force were involved in the shootings, and had connections to Death Row Records and the Bloods street gang. After multiple confrontations with the LAPD police chief, Poole ended up going into early retirement in protest.
The screenplay, written by Christian Contreras, was adapted from Randall Sullivan’s novel LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.
This is Depp’s first role after his acrimonious divorce from Heard. Since the couple’s $7 million settlement, the actor has been spending time in Ibiza, Spain, where he was spotted boarding a luxury yacht in late August.