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Johnny Depp is the film ‘City of Lies’ pulled from the release schedule a month before the premiere

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In a time of very bad press for Johnny Depp, the star’s upcoming film about the death of the rapper Notorious B. I. G., “City of Lies” has been pulled from the schedule only a month before it was supposed to hit theaters.

According to Deadline, Depp is the film was set to release Sept. 7, but that’s not the case any more. Global Road, which acquired the film’s original distributor, Open Road, last summer, has no new release date for the picture. As a result, it is unclear whether and when the film will be officially released.

I Had released next month, it would coincide with the iconic rappers 46th birthday. The film, co-starring Forest Whitaker, follows Depp as a LAPD detective named Russell Pool as he tries to investigate the still unsolved murder of B. I. G. in 1997, only six months after the death of his rival, Tupac Shakur.

The news of the film’s release is pulled comes at a bad time for Depp, who was recently the subject of a damaging Rolling Stone profile. In addition, a member of the crew for the “City of Lies” sued Depp and claimed that the 55-year-old actor struck him two times. This sparked the recent rumors of a physical assault which the actor was previously faced with regard to his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who divorced him after 15 months of marriage.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, this set of factors would be any effort by Depp to promote the upcoming movie is nearly impossible without navigating a metaphorical minefield of tricky questions. It is unclear whether this is what contributed to the “City of Lies” getting yanked from the schedule, though.

Depp appeared in character in 2018, the San Diego Comic Con.

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Depp recently avoided the tough questions, while still promoting a movie in 2018 San Diego Comic Con. Despite the concerns about the allegations against him, Warner Bros. is pushing forward with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” In it, Depp plays the titular villain from the “Harry Potter” franchise.

Depp was absent in the film is the enormous Hall H panel until the end, when he surprised the audience dressed in character giving a creepy voice. Although it was a nice piece of promotion for the film, it also ensured that Depp didn’t have to field any questions about his personal life or the accusations against him.

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