EXCLUSIVE: Grace Gibson (Black Nativity) will play R&B singer Faith Evans, the influential wife of Biggie Smalls aka Notorious BIG, in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. Jamal Woolard, who played Biggie in the 2009 biopic Notorious, has already been cast in the role of Smalls. He, of course was the former friend-turned-bitter rival of Tupac. It was a photograph Tupac took with Evans that contributed in a large way to the conflict between the rappers.
Gibson is the daughter of Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield and the late Emmy-winning director Brian Gibson and a recording artist herself. Evans, the first female artist to sign with P. Diddy via his Bad Boy Entertainment, became embroiled in the East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry and was married to Biggie Smalls at the time of his death. He was shot down in a drive-by outside the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles.
Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez penned the script and the film is being helmed by Benny Boom. James G. Robinson, David Robinson (via Morgan Creek Productions) and LT Hutton are producing. Shakur’s mom Afeni Shakur is getting an exec producer credit.
The project follows the rise and senseless early death of the rapper on the Las Vegas strip when he was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Open Road is distributing the picture but the date has not been set.
Gibson is represented by Pantheon.