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Director Benny Boom believes it was important to cast a newcomer for the All Eyez On Me biopic for the film to be successful.
He explained that casting an actor with a vast resume could be a distraction before the movie is set to release. Boom adds that choosing a seasoned actor was a risk he wasn’t willing to take.
With that being said, Demetrius Shipp Jr. was chosen to play the role of Tupac Shakur.
“I feel like I definitely got the right actor to play Tupac. It was important to get an unknown [actor] so people can lock into him and his performance versus any sort of baggage that another actor would bring. This role is just too important for hip-hop culture to mess it up,” Boom said.
Boom goes on to mention that he spoke to Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur before she passed away in May of this year. He also got a chance to speak with Suge Knight and a couple of Tupac’s relatives for the film.
“I met [Tupac’s mother] Afeni Shakur years ago, and it is interesting because we had conversations long before the movie was in play for me. And of course, I get the movie and she [dies]. We spoke to his brother-in-law, his sister and various family members, as well as Suge Knight,” he said.
All Eyez On Me will be in theaters on June 16, 2017. The date would have been Tupac’s 46th birthday.
Rest In Eternal Peace Pac!
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