Normally, when we talk about films being released after a long delay, the word “pandemic” is mentioned. That’s because, for the past year, studios have been pushing films because theaters aren’t open at full capacity and the pandemic is still wrecking lives. But in the case of “City of Lies,” the film has been delayed since 2018, and last I checked, COVID wasn’t a thing back in 2018. But Johnny Depp sure was being talked about, huh?
As seen in the latest trailer for “City of Lies,” the Johnny Depp-led crime drama is finally hitting theaters later this month. The film tells the real-life story of the investigation from a detective (Depp) and a journalist (Forest Whitaker) into the infamous murder of The Notorious BIG, aka Christopher Wallace, a world-famous rapper that was killed in 1997.
“City of Lies” is hitting theaters and VOD three years after the original release date, when the film was suddenly pulled and sold to another studio. The sale of the film and the long delay is reportedly due to the original company, Global Road, going through financial issues, combined with the issues surrounding Depp’s real-life drama leading to the actor becoming a bit of a hot-button discussion.
Regardless of why the film was delayed for three years, “City of Lies” finally hits select theaters and VOD on March 19. The trailer can be seen below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Based on the book, LAbyrinth, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Randall Sullivan, this compelling crime-thriller follows the investigation into the infamous murder of iconic rap artist Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp stars as determined LAPD detective Russell Poole, who spent nearly 20 years trying to solve the murder, and Oscar® and Primetime Emmy® winner Forest Whitaker as Jack Jackson, a journalist who teams up with Poole in search of the elusive truth. Together they explore why the case remains cold — and why a secret division of the LAPD is seemingly set on keeping it that way.