The mystery of who murdered Biggie Smalls still looms large in the public imagination, and a new true-crime thriller examines the investigation into the still-unsolved 1997 homicide.
In a just-released trailer for “City of Lies” Johnny Depp stars as the LAPD detective tasked with finding out who ended the life of the famed rapper known as the Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace). He’s joined by a dogged newspaper reporter (Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker) as their digging uncovers a multi-tentacled conspiracy of corruption that threatens to be more deadly than any East Coast-West Coast rap war.
“Based on the true story of one of the most notorious and unsolved cases in recent time, ‘City of Lies’ is a provocative thriller revealing a never-before-seen look at the infamous murder of the Notorious B.I.G. shortly following the death of Tupac,” reads the film’s official synopsis. “LAPD detective Russell Poole (Depp) has spent years trying to solve his biggest case, but after two decades, the investigation remains open. ‘Jack’ Jackson (Whitaker), a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies. Relentless in their hunt, these two determined men threaten to uncover the conspiracy and crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. and an entire city.”
Also starring is Toby Huss, Dayton Callie, Neil Brown Jr., Shea Whigham, Xander Berkeley, Melanie Benz, Shamier Anderson, Christian George and Michael Pare.
No premiere date has yet been set, but we can expect to see “City of Lies” hit theatres sometime later this year. In the meantime, check out the Twitter reaction to the trailer: