The Tupac Shakur biopic film, All Eyez on Me is set to be released this forthcoming June. The film tells the story of the rapper’s life and his preempted death in 1996. The trailer begins with the powerful words from his father, Mutulu Shakur, “We must stand for something, we must live for something, and we must be willing to die for something”, which sets the scene of the film.
The trailer shows a glimpse into the whirlwind of Tupac Shakur’s life, the recording, the performing, the gangs and the violence, all together they show the man behind the legend. In the last month Tupac was inducted onto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, generating a large buzz for the trailer’s release. Actor Demetrious Shipp Jr takes the lead role of Tupac in All Eyez on Me, which potentially be his breakthrough role. Jamal Woolard will reprise his role of The Notorious B.I.G, having previously portrayed the rapper in Notorious. All Eyez on Me is directed by Benny Boom and written by Jeremy Haft.
Tupac was killed in 1996 at the mere age of 25. The film follows the moment Tupac was shot by a drive-by shooter in Las Vegas. He was rushed to hospital and put on life support, but unfortunately died six days later. The killer was never identified, sparking numerous conspiracy theories about his death.
At the time of the shooting, Tupac was in the car with the founder of Death Row records, Suge Knight. The pair had just watched a heavy-weight boxing match and were on their way to a party. At a set of traffic lights, Tupac was hit by six shots in the car. One of the conspiracies consisted that rapper Sean Combs, commonly known as Diddy, paid a ‘Crips’ gang member to carry out the murder. Tupac and Knight were part of the ‘Bloods’ gang and their rivals were the ‘Crips’. Diddy denies any involvement.
Another conspiracy is that rap rival The Notorious B.I.G, also known as Biggie, was responsible. Less than six months after Tupac’s murder, Biggie was also shot and killed, at 24-years-old. To this day, no one has been charged with either of the murders. Suge Knight has previously claimed his ex-wife Sharitha Golden and former Death Row security, Reggie White were behind the shooting, and were actually aiming for Knight himself. Golden has claimed that this rumor is completely false.
The name All Eyez on Me is taken from Tupac’s fourth studio album, which was released only months before his death. Playing his first ever main role, Demetrius Shipp Jr. will be playing Tupac in the film, with Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) playing Tupac’s mother.
Another Walking Dead actress Lauren Cohan, is also playing a small role while Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) stars as Pac’s lifelong friend, Jada Pinkett. The film is directed by Benny Boom and produced by Morgan Creek Productions, which is run by father and son, James G. Robinson and David C. Robinson.
Will All Eyez on Me give us some of the answers we are looking for, or leave us with more questions than ever before? Coinciding with what would have been the star’s 46th birthday, All Eyez on Me will be out in cinemas on June 16th.
Watch the trailer here:
Text: Isla Whiteford
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