Forest Whitaker joining Johnny Depp in new drama LAbyrinth

Forest Whitaker and Johnny Depp

by James White |
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Though they've both got big franchise films on the horizon, Forest Whitaker and Johnny Depp are also keeping lower key dramatic roles on their To Do list. Both actors are signed on to star in LAbyrinth.

As the unusual spelling of the title might suggest, this isn't the Labyrinth reboot/sequel/whatever that has people concerned. No, it's Christian Contreras' script, itself adapted from Randall Sullivan's book about the investigation into the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG.

Depp will be a disgraced LAPD detective frustrated by his lack of progress on the case, while Whitaker is playing a journalist who teams up with the cop to try to solve the murders of the music icons. Both men are in need of a little redemption, and both discover that the police force might not be on their side...

The Infiltrator's Brad Furman is preparing to direct this one, which will be out in 2017. Whitaker is on screen now in Arrival and will be back for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on 15 December. Depp's next will be Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge, on 26 May next year, though he also has a small cameo in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them to kick off his involvement in that franchise.

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