Watch: Tupac’s Revolutionary Upbringing & Meteoric Rise in New ‘All Eyez on Me’ Trailer
Tupac: A Revolutionary Rises
Born the month after his mother Afeni Shakur–a political activist and member of the Black Panther Party–secured an acquittal for herself as part of the ‘Panther 21,’ Tupac Shakur was born to lead and inspire revolution.
It can be argued that the magnetic actor, poet, activist and rapper had his fate sealed long before he studied jazz, ballet, poetry, and acting at the Baltimore School for the Arts or became the youngest national Chairman of the New African Panthers.
His music and political legacy have continued to resonate globally, with songs such as “Only God Can Judge Me” being part of the soundtrack to the Arab Spring protests (2010-2012) in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the fourth and official trailer for the long awaited film based on Tupac Shakur, All Eyez on Me, we get an intense glimpse of the star’s rarely explored revolutionary upbringing and efforts to unite gangs ahead of his rise to stardom.
All Eyez on Me
The Benny Boom-directed All Eyez on Me chronicles Tupac’s early influences, observations of injustice and suffering, friendships, imprisonment and unraveling before his assassination in 1996 at age 25.
Named after Tupac’s fourth studio album, the film is set to hit U.S. theaters on June 16, 2017, which would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday. The following evening, it will close the 21st Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami, FL.
“You gotta enter into somebody’s world in order to lead them out,” says an imprisoned Tupac Shakur played by first-time actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the All Eyez on Me clip above.
The film also stars Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as friend Jada Pinkett, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Jamal Woolard reprising his 2009 role as Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace in Notorious.
The cast is rounded out by Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Tupac’s mentor Leila Steinberg, Jamie Hector (The Strain) as Tupac’s stepfather Mutulu Shakur, Annie Ilonzeh (Person of Interest) as fiancée Kidada Jones, Rayan Lawrence (Underground) as Naughty By Nature‘s Treach, Grace Gibson (Black Nativity) as Faith Evans, Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre, Khadija Copeland as Queen Latifah, Chris Clarke as Digital Underground‘s Shock G., and Hill Harper (Homeland) as an unnamed journalist.
Steven Bagatourian (American Gun), Eddie Gonzalez (Empire) and Jeremy Haft (Empire) wrote the screenplay for All Eyez on Me.
L. T. Hutton, David C. Robinson and James G. Robinson served as producers for the feature under Codeblack Entertainment (Lionsgate subsidiary), Morgan Creek Productions, and Program Pictures.
The film will be distributed in the U.S. via Lionsgate (theatrically) and Summit Entertainment, in the Middle East and North Africa through Front Row Filmed Entertainment, and in Canada by VVS Films.