The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan has joined the cast of the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me where she will play Leila Steinberg, a key figure in the young rapper’s life. Steinberg was only 25 years old when she met the 17 year-old rapper Shakur who came to one of her workshops where she mentors kids to use their talent to make their lives better. She knew instantly that he was a different kind of talent and started working with him.
In the end, Tupac and Steinberg became mentors for each other as the young mother worked to learn the ropes and become a business manager. She would end up becoming a major figure the rapper’s young life and career start. Steinberg, whose father was a criminal justice attorney, has undoubtedly changed countless lives as she still mentors kids today both who come from poverty and privilege (who probably would never have met otherwise) through a non-profit called aim4theheart.org. She’s been doing this for 30 years.
All Eyez On Me also stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac. Jamie Hector, Kat Graham and The Walking Dead‘s Danai Gurira. 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.
Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez penned the script and the film is being helmed by Benny Boom. 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.
Cohan, who will next be seen in the horror film from STX Entertaiment The Boy, is repped by CAA. The Boy bows Jan. 22 and its creepy trailer has already amassed 16.5 million views. In 2014, Cohan also starred in the John Herzfeld-directed independent film Reach Me alongside Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kelsey Grammar.