The first full trailer for All Eyez On Me, the film showcasing the life and times of Tupac Shakur, has arrived with the film fast shaping up as the definitive story of the late rapper, actor, poet and activist’s career.
Shakur was gunned down in suspicious circumstances in Las Vegas on 13 September 1996, having just attended the Bruce Seldon vs Mike Tyson boxing bout.
He left behind an incredible legacy of music that made him one of the most influential voices of his time and the perfect focus for his very own biopic.
Directed by Next Day Air’s Benny Boom, the first trailer for the new film, written by Jeremy Haft, Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, already has fans talking.
Arguably the biggest talking point comes with Demetrius Shipp Jr, the relative unknown picked for the part of Tupac.
A newcomer, while some may have questioned the decision to cast an unknown, inexperienced actor, his suitability for the role shines through in the trailer with Shipp Jr the spitting image of Tupac not just in looks but sound and overall demeanour.
The trailer also suggests fans will be getting the complete Tupac story, starting with his parents’ early days as members of the Black Panthers militant group and moving all the way through to Tupac’s turbulent period with Suge Knight at Death Row records.
Along the way, we’ll learn more about the evolution of gangster rap, the FBI’s own unique interest in Shakur (they had a 4,000-page file on the musician) and his confrontations with the Notorious B.I.G. who will be played by Jamal Woolard, reprising his role from 2009’s Notorious.
Due for released in cinemas on 30 June 2017, it already looks like a film not to be missed.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.