Johnny Depp's Notorious BIG film pulled a month before its release

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Crime thriller City of Lies, an investigation into the murders of hip-hop rivals Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Sahkur, is not going to make its September 7 USA release date, according to distributor Global Road Entertainment. City of Lies was initially scheduled for release on September 7, but the release is now "undated", as Variety reports. The thriller looks at the murder of The Notorious B.I.G. shortly after the death of Tupac.

The film's loss of a guaranteed release date comes as the latest blow to the actor who was once one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.

The trailer for City Lies - which is directed by Brad Furman - was dropped on 21 May, which would have been Biggie's 46th birthday.

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Actor Johnny Depp has had a hard time getting back on his feet after a career-rattling Rolling Stone feature interview this past June. The crew member also claimed that he was sacked from City of Lies after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would've prevented him from suing Depp. It's unclear if that's what contributed to "City of Lies" getting yanked from the schedule, though. Last month, location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks filed suit against Depp for allegedly hurling obscenities at and punching him.

Assuming that City of Lies remains in purgatory, Depp will be seen next in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald. This fueled recent rumors of physical assault that the actor was previously battling with regards to his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who divorced him after just 15 months of marriage.

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