(AllHipHop News) The Benny Boom-directed film stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G., and Jamie Hector as Mutulu Shakur.
Being billed as “The Untold Story of Tupac Shakur,” All Eyez On Me chronicles the life of the late music legend.
In a 2014 interview with AllHipHop.com, the movie’s producer, L.T. Hutton, explained the biopic will focus on who Tupac Shakur was as a man, not just as an artist.
What I’ve explained to everybody is that this won’t be a long music video. We cut a lot of that type of stuff, and got into exactly what you just asked for, because that’s what people want to see. What made him Tupac? We know the famous Tupac. We know all that. We’re going to give you a splash of that too, but we’re spending our chips on that drama of: Who is this guy? Where did he come from? Everything else is out there. You can find that, but what you can’t find is what made this guy who he is – that earlier part, 16, 17 years old.
That’s what I tried to explain to these executives that I worked with. If you’re not giving people information that they can’t go find themselves on YouTube, then there’s no reason to do the film. It has to give information and answer questions on culture. Nine times out of ten, people like Tupac experienced the same thing at the same time.
All Eyez On Me is scheduled for release on Tupac Shakur’s birthday of June 16.