Johnny Depp's 'City of Lies' pulled a month before release

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Deadline reports that the crime thriller City of Lies, which stars Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, has been pulled from its September 7 release date. Now, the film's eventual release date is up in the air.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that in the film, "Depp stars as disgraced LAPD Detective Russell Poole, whose biggest case - the murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. - remains unsolved".

Had it been released next month, it would coincide with the iconic rappers 46th birthday. Whittaker plays journalist Jack Johnson, who joins forces with Poole to solve the murder.

The film's producer Miriam Segal and director Brad Furman are also named in Greg "Rocky" Brooks' lawsuit, as Brooks claims he was sacked after refusing to say he wouldn't sue over the Depp incident.

After a distributor switch in summer 2017, City Of Lies found itself in the hands of Global Road.

HuffPost UK has contacted Depp's representative for comment.

Despite rumours that Johnny Depp will return to the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise for a sixth chapter (even though Disney sacked James Gunn for offensive jokes, which rank significantly lower on the crime ladder than physical assault), there's potentially some bad news for the actor as well. Depp allegedly verbally and physically assaulted Brooks, then offered him $100,000 to punch him in the face. Brooks also alleges that he was sacked when he wouldn't agree not to sue, according to Associated Press reports.

The enigmatic actor's has had a hard summer, including a Rolling Stone story that called his lifestyle and finances into question; ongoing fallout from domestic violence allegations made in 2016 by his ex-wife Amber Heard; as well as a lawsuit stemming from the shooting of City of Lies.

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