It has been revealed that the hotly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ will premier at US cinemas on June 16. The movie will feature Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the lead role and aims to give a compelling new perspective on the life of the iconic rapper.
Tupac Shakur is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the history of hip hop music. Born to two active members of the Black Panther movement in East Harlem, Tupac’s entire life was a high octane story of success, controversy and eventual tragedy.
A number of production companies have been trying for the best part of a decade to obtain the rights to a biographical film about Shakur, and now fans will finally get to see the rappers life played out on the big screen in the form of ‘All Eyez On Me’.
The movie has been directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air, S.W.A.T.: Firefight) and will be released via Morgan Creek Productions. It will star Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira as his mother Afeni Shakur and Jamal Woorland as The Notorious B.I.G (Woorland previously played Biggie in the biographical film ‘Notorious’ in 2009).
‘All Eyez On Me’ will centre around Tupac’s rise to superstardom in the early 1990s, his incarceration, his highly publicised feud with Bad Boy Records and his untimely death in a Las Vegas shootout. It’s June 16 release will coincide with what would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.
In a recent interview, director Benny Boom said of the movie: “To be able to direct a film about the most iconic, I would say first off, the most iconic hip-hop figure. That’s No. 1. [Tupac] is the Elvis Presley of our generation. He is Beethoven to the 15th, 16th century. He is the artist. So, to be able to direct to have the opportunity to direct the film about him, is big for anyone.”