After waiting for so long, we finally have news that rap legend Tupac Shakur biopic is set for release sometime in the middle of this year.
Summit Entertainment said on Tuesday that the biopic named after one of the rapper’s albums All Eyes On Me will debut in US theatres on June 16. Sadly, this would have been the slain rapper’s 46th birthday.
As a result of series of personnel changes, the movie project which was announced nearly six years ago could not be released in time for the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s 1996 killing in Las Vegas.
Previous participants for All Eyes On Me were to include John Singleton, a director closely linked with hip-hop culture. His previous films included 1993’s Poetic Justice, a drama starring Tupac and Janet Jackson.
Tupac Shakur biopic will come out two years after the box-office success of Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of another major Southern California hip-hop outfit, gangsta rappers N.W.A.
In the biopic, Tupac is played by upcoming actor Demetrius Shipp Jr., whose father was a producer for Tupac. Though Shipp is not well known in the acting world, a trailer for All Eyez on Me showed that he has a startling physical resemblance to Tupac.
In an interview with hip-hop magazine XXL last year, Shipp explained why he’s enthusiastic about the role.
“Why I took on this role is to give people a side of him that they never had. To really get a great understanding of him and his life, and why things ended up the way they did.”
Though the talented rapper’s life was cut short at the age of 25, he remains till present, one of the most influential figures in hip-hop. In fact, he still sells millions of records worldwide even in death.