Oakland also announce today as 'Tupac Shakur Day'
The first trailer for the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me has been released on Instagram. Set for a November release date, All Eyez On Me – named after Tupac’s iconic 1996 album – is being directed by music video director Benny Boom and will star the previously-unknown Demetrius Shipp Jr in the lead role.
Filming wrapped back in April, with castmember The Game later speaking on Instagram, saying that the “Tupac movie is the real deal, shit make that Biggie movie look like a cartoon”.
All Eyez On Me will chart Shakur’s life, from his upbringing to his rise in hip hop and Hollywood. It will also touch on the icon’s connections to the Black Panther party, as well as his relationship with his mother Afeni Shakur, who passed away in May.
The cast of the film also includes The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, and Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy. In an intriguing twist, Jamal Woolard will reprise his role as Tupac’s rival Notorious B.I.G. from the 2009 Biggie movie, Notorious.
Today, Shakur’s home city of Oakland have announced June 16 as ‘Tupac Shakur Day’ in honour of what would have been his 45th birthday. Hip-hop fan LeRoy McCarthy helped to draft the language of the legal document.
The document reads: “Although Tupac was born in Harlem, New York City in 1971 and later lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Marin City, California, he cherished his time in Oakland as his home, stating that he got his ‘Game’ from Oakland.
“His birth date serves to remind us of his contributions to our communities through the celebration of art and culture as an awakening tool towards changes in society.” You can watch the All Eyez On Me trailer below.