It’s been 20 years since the death of Tupac Shakur, and it looks like the year 2017 will be one for people to commemorate the legacy left behind by the rapper, producer and poet. Not only is he being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along Journey and Pearl Jam, a biopic about the life and death of the rapper now has a release date.
The film follows the musician’s rise to stardom, as well as his imprisonment and his time at Death Row Records. By the time he passed away, Tupac had sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with his album “All Eyez on Me” making up about 10 million of those sales. Tupac died on September 13, 1996, six days after he was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.
The film, directed by Benny Boom, stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana, Lauren Cohan and Grace Gibson. The project began in 2011 when Morgan Creek teamed up with Emmett/Furla/Oasis to make the film, and Antoine Fuqua was set to direct. After a few replacements for the directorial job, Boom was eventually signed because of his experience as a filmmaker and his work with hip-hop stars.