You’ve waited long enough! Finally, Tupac Shakur’s biopic will be released in theaters this June– after years of being in limbo, the date also marks what would have been the late rapper’s 46th birthday.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. will be starring as the prolific artist, and the film will follow Tupac’s rise to superstardom, his controversial time at Death Row Records and the East Cost vs. West Coast rivalry that cost him his life.
All Eyez On Me was originally announced back in 2011, at the time, Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct. However, in 2014, it was announced that Tupac’s friend, legendary director John Singleton was coming onboard to rewrite the film, produce and direct it. However, on April 7, 2015, Singleton exited the film due to some major creative differences. Since then, he has been extremely vocal about his disdain for the film’s direction. Seven months later, director Benny Boom stepped up to finally bring the project to the big screen.
Along with Shipp, Danai Gurira will star as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham will play Jada Pinkett, Annie Ilonzeh is Kidada Jones, Lauren Cohan plays Leila Steinberg, and Jamal Woolard is set to reprise his role from Notorious as Biggie Smalls. Recent films like Straight Outta Compton have proven that when done right, biopics can be some of the best films to come out of Hollywood. However, we all know how disastrous things can get when a film falls painfully short of a someone’s legacy.
All Eyez On Me’s new trailer gives us just a glimpse of what we might see from this biopic.
Though we’re incredibly excited about the film, it certainly won’t be the last to focus on the brilliant artist’s life. John Singleton has publicly stated that he will make his own independently-produced Tupac movie. Additionally, USA’s Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Biggie, will also be released this year.
How do you feel about All Eyez On Me?