Tupac Shakur would have been 45-years old today if the legendary rapper hadn’t been gunned down in Las Vegas in September 1996. To celebrate the ‘California Love’ artist’s birthday, the Benny Boom directed and long- in-the-making biopic All Eyez On Me dropped its first teaser today.
Just 1-minute long, the first look pulls no punches with Tupac’s mother’s voice heard warning him “like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back.” The Danai Gurira played Afeni Shakur adds, “they are going to give you the tools you need to destroy yourself.” A rapper, an actor and a poet, Tupac in life and death is considered one of the most important hip hop artists ever – and, as the trailer shows, All Eyez On Me is aiming to capture the full range of that appeal.
All Eyez On Me stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac and The Walking Dead‘s Gurira as his influential mother, who passed away in real life in early May. Fellow Walking Deader Lauren Cohan is in the Morgan Creek film, along with Jamie Hector and Kat Graham. With its title lifted from Tupac’s 1996 acclaimed fourth album, which featured ‘California Love,” the Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez penned film is expected to be released on November 11.
Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson, David Robinson and LT Hutton are producing the pic. Long the protector of her admired son’s copyrights and legacy, Afeni Shakur will be getting an executive producer credit on All Eyez On Me.