Johnny Depp makes comeback in drug smuggling docuseries

Following his bombshell libel trial, Johnny Depp’s next act will be in a docuseries.

Premiered on streaming site Fandor on July 22, Boston George follows drug dealer and smuggler George Jacob Jung, whom Depp portrayed in the 2001 film Blow.

The five-part docuseries will feature interviews from Depp, 58, marking his first screen shot since his courtroom fight with ex-spouse Amber Heard – unless you count his TikTok videos. The upcoming program will be produced by Georgette Angelos and Chris Chesson and directed by Clint Choate.

Described by Depp as “an instant favorite of mine” and “a very charming outlaw,” Jung lived a productive life of “sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and breaking the law,” according to the show’s IMDb page.

While Jung was filming the series before his death last year, characters from his life came together to tell his story, including the author of the New York Times bestseller, Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the MedellĂ­n Cocaine Cartel and Lost It all.”

George Jacob Jung in Boston George
The series, which premieres on Fandor, chronicles the life of crime of George Jacob Jung.
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George Jacob Jung
Jung, known as Boston George, smuggled cocaine into the United States in the ’70s and ’80s.
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Also starring is his partner Ronda Clay Spinello, friend Waino “Tuna” Tuominen, and two DEA agents, undercover agent Tom Tinnerington and Special Agent Mike McManus, who captured Jung in 1994.

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Depp played the role of Jung in the 2001 film Blow.
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Jung – also known as Boston George or El Americano – played a major role in the US cocaine trade in the ’70s and ’80s, in which he and his partner Carlos Leader smuggled the drug into the country from Colombia’s Medellin cartel. After his arrest, Jung was sentenced to 70 years in prison, but only served 20 years before being released in 2014.

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The documentaries will feature a variety of interviews with people in Jung’s life, including Depp.
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Fandor plans to air a new episode every Friday after the documentaries premiere, while Cinedigm will make each episode available on TVOD the following day.

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Jung shot the content of the documentary before his death last year.
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Depp has reported more appearances in the future, including a musical gig with Jeff Beck and a potential role in the Tim Burton-directed sequel Beetlejuice. On Monday, a former Disney exec speculated that Depp might even return as Jack Sparrow, despite not playing the character since 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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