All Eyez On Me: Tupac biopic gets second teaser
A new teaser for the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me arrived online Tuesday, the same day as the 20th anniversary of the late rapper’s untimely death.
The clip shifts through an ominous mix of footage, reimagining Shakur’s stints behind bars between concerts, closed door conversations, and bouts of heavy gunfire. “Like all black leaders, you have a bullseye on your back,” warns The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira, who plays Shakur’s mother, Afeni. “I ain’t no black leader,” he retorts.
The first teaser landed on Shakur’s June 16 birthday. All Eyez On Me, named for the music legend’s fourth album, stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, who was killed in a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. Jamal Woolard, who led Notorious as the eponymous Notorious B.I.G., reprises his role for the flick, while Stefon Washington tackles the part of Puff Daddy. Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) and Grace Gibson are also set to appear, portraying Jada Pinkett Smith and Faith Evans, respectively.
The film has endured a number of setbacks, including a lengthy search to secure a director that saw Antoine Fuqua, Carl Franklin, and John Singleton enter (then exit) the project. Veteran music video director Benny Boom eventually signed on to helm the feature.
All Eyez has also been embroiled in a set of legal battles: one with film company Morgan Creek to secure the rights to the biopic (which reverted back to Tupac’s estate in 2015), and a second reported dispute over song licensing rights to Shakur’s back catalogue. No official release date has been announced.
Watch the second teaser for All Eyez On Me above.