The life of rapper Tupac Shakur has come to the big screen before in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Tupac: Resurrection,” but like Biggie Smalls in “Notorious” and N.W.A. in last year’s breakout hit “Straight Outta Compton,” the rapper is finally getting the biopic treatment with the upcoming feature “All Eyez On Me.” A new trailer for the drama hit the web yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death, and it features a great ensemble charting the rapper/actor’s rags-to-riches rise and fall.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. steps into the lead role with uncanny resemblance as the film tracks Shakur’s rise to 1990s rap icon. Money, greedy producers and gang violence all pose threats on his way to the top, and one of the trailer’s most powerful moments comes from Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur (Danai Gurira of “The Walking Dead”), as she warns her son of the dangers fame can bring. Kat Graham, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard (Biggie Smalls) and Grace Gibson co-star.
“All Eyez On Me” is directed by Benny Boom, who is well known for his music videos for 50 Cent, Akon, Busta Rhymes and more. He previously directed “Next Day Air” and “S.W.A.T.: Firefight.” There’s currently no release date for movie. Watch the new teaser below.