All Eyez On Me: Tupac and Biggie Smalls roles cast |


Tupac biopic casts rapper's lookalike as lead

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Tupac might’ve appeared as a hologram at Coachella 2012, but now the late rapper has a doppelgänger who will portray him in the biopic All Eyez On Me. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. has been cast as Tupac Shakur in the Benny Boom-directed film that will cover the rapper’s life through his 1996 death.

Shooting has begun in Atlanta, and Shipp — whose father worked as a sound engineer with Tupac — shared the following videos from the set. 

All Eyez On Me has also cast Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls. Woolard also portrayed the rapper in 2009’s Notorious, and is featured on Tupac’s album Pac Life under the name Gravy.

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The project had early troubles getting off the ground when Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and Morgan Creek Productions engaged in a 2009 legal battle over the rights to the film. A spokesperson for Morgan Creek reports that those disagreements have been sorted out — Afeni is an executive producer on the film, and Tupac’s music has been approved for use throughout the movie.

The movie is now on its third director, with Carl Franklin and John Singleton having previously exited the project, so hopefully its leading men will stick around.

All Eyez on Me does not yet have a release date.