Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Johnny Depp in Labyrinth, the real-life drama that will follow the criminal investigation behind the murders of rap legends Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.
Whitaker would play a journalist who teams with Depp's disgraced LAPD detective, who has been unable to solve the mysterious deaths of two of hip-hop's biggest stars.
Helmer Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) will direct from a Black List script by Christian Contreras, which he adapted from journalist Randall Sullivan's book LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.
Miriam Segal will produce the project, which was recently acquired for distribution by Open Road, with Miramax co-financing.
Whitaker is out now in theaters with sci-fi offering Arrival and will next be seen in the first Star Wars stand-alone pic, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also will star as Bishop Desmond Tutu in the biopic The Forgiven and is set for Marvel's Black Panther movie.
Whitaker is repped by WME, Brillstein and Ziffren Brittenham.