added: Thu, Apr 6th '17
Here's the newly-released full-length trailer for "All Eyez on Me," the much-awaited biopic about the life and career of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur a.k.a. 2Pac.
The film, directed by veteran music video director Benny Boom, who made his feature directorial debut with the 2008 comedy "Next Day Air," stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the legendary West Coast rapper. Meanwhile, "The Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira and Jamie Hector (from FX's "The Strain" and Amazon's "Bosch") are portraying Tupac's mother and stepfather (and Black Panther activists) Afeni and Mutulu Shakur.
The cast also includes Jamal Woolard (star of 2009's biopic "Notorious") as Christopher 'Biggie Smalls' Wallace; Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight; Kat Graham (TV's The Vampire Diaries) as a young Jada Pinkett; Annie Ilonzeh (TV's Empire) as Tupac's former fiancee/Quincy Jones' daughter, Kidada Jones; and Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan as Tupac's first manager, Leila Steinberg.
The drama is chronicling Tupac's life from his days growing up in Harlem and Baltimore, where he was exposed to the 1970s Black Panther movement to eventually becoming a fixture in the hip-hop scene in the Bay area after his family moved to California in the late 80s. It will also explore Tupac's rise in the music business in the early '90s, which came fast and furious, especially after partnering up with infamous hip-hop mogul Suge Knight.
Amidst a much-publicized West Coast/East Coast hip-hop feud between him and Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.), Tupac was shot and killed in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996, at the age of 25. Six months later, Biggie was shot and killed in a similar attack in Los Angeles. He was 24.
"All Eyez on Me" is slated to hit theaters this summer on Friday, June 16th -- on what would have been Tupac's 46th birthday.
ALL EYEZ ON ME chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.
directed by Benny Boom
starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Jamal Woolard, Jamie Hector, Kat Graham, Dominic L. Santana, Annie Ilonzeh, Lauren Cohan
release date June 16, 2017