Production on the Tupac biopic “All Eyez on Me” recently wrapped, with the cast sharing pics of the wrap party on social media. Hollywood has been eager to push out this film, following the stunning box office success of Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” (which has earned more than $200 million worldwide).
Directed by Benny Boom, “All Eyez on Me,” originally titled “Tupac,” stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Danai Gurira, Jamal Woolard, Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Jamie Hector, and Annie Ilonzeh. Principal photography began in mid-December 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In case you don’t already know it, “All Eyez on Me” happens to be the title of the fourth studio album by late rapper Tupac Shakur. It was released on February 13, 1996 under Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records.
According to Global Grind, the cast wrapped up the final scenes in Las Vegas last week. Producer LT Hutton shared a few videos of Demetrius Shipp Jr., who portrays the late rapper, riding around with Dominic L. Santana (Suge Knight) on Instagram.
The story will chronicle Shakur’s upbringing and rise in hip-hop and Hollywood. Boom also confirmed that the biopic will highlight his family’s connections to the Black Panther party and his relationship with his mother Afeni Shakur. Speaking with Vibe in March, actor Jamie Hector (who plays the rapper’s stepfather Mutulu Shakur) discussed Danai Gurira’s portrayal of Afeni in the film.
“She [Gurira] did an amazing job so I look forward to seeing her performance, he said. “It’s a full-out expression of Afeni Shakur.”
The movie is expected to be released in September in correlation to the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death and the “All Eyez On Me” album. The rapper was shot on the Vegas strip following his attendance to a Mike Tyson fight on Sept. 7, 1996.
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