The upcoming production that centers around the life and times of Tupac has been released in the form of a trailer this week. The first signs are that the drama will be intense. All Eyez on Me also happens to be the title of the rappers fourth and final studio album as the story will examine the events that eventually led to his murder in Las Vegas.
27-year old Demetrius Shipp, Jr. has the unenviable task of bringing Shakur to life again. Portraying an incredibly gifted lyricist, rapper, performer and provocateur who transcended his genre of music to speak to important issues facing the African American community. His charismatic persona will be difficult to translate to the big screen as the second trailer was broadcast on the 20th anniversary of his death.
Cast Look The Part - Can They Act It As Well?
Gauging the merits of a movie in the form of a 102-second trailer is relatively pointless. Yet the footage should give soon-to-be audience members hope that it does at least look a good fit aesthetically speaking. With Shipp Jr. sporting that classic Pac moustache and bandana with The Walking Dead's own Danai Gurira playing his mother Afeni and Dominic L. Santana appearing almost identical to the shady suspect Suge Knight. Half the battle will be won if the characters can pull off the similarities of their real life counterparts in front of screen.
On a modest budget of $35m for a Hollywood drama, production company Open Road Films with director Benny Boom have a lot of content to work with. Given the numerous events that took place during his short but powerful 25 years.
Hard To Live Up To 2002 Documentary
Turning reality into fiction can be hard work, just ask Oliver Stone. This is now the same problem that All Eyez on Me will face following on from Nick Broomfield's 2002 documentary Biggie & Tupac. A film that not only managed to get their hands on incredible footage from the two rappers life, but also secure an interview with key suspect Suge Knight while he served time in prison.
That independent production happens to be one of many movies on the subject of the high profile killings. Yet it stands as a marker for what has come since. The topic is popular enough to see Johnny Depp play an investigator on the matter for Labyrinth.