One of the most anticipated movies since Straight Outta Compton, the new Tupac Shakur biopic has an official trailer that’s available to view now. The movie, titled “All Eyez On Me” has a release date of June 16th – Pac’s birthday.
The new trailer, which can be viewed below, comes right before Tupac’s historic induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. One of the most revered rappers in Hip-Hop history, Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996. The case remains unsolved, though many theories have spread throughout the world.
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.
Directed by Benny Boom and starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, the film has been surrounded by controversy. From decades of production talks to multiple directors, the film is finally completed and ready for release.
Originally to be directed by John Singleton, who knew Shakur personally, the former-director dropped off, leaving the production in limbo, but returned a few years later. He again stopped working on the project and was eventually replaced by Boom.
Singleton told HipHopDX,
“I know that they fucked it up so I’m not even trying to give it any attention.”
He also said “They want to make the Tupac story that involves them and not the Tupac story. I did a great script and I thought they were going to go forward with it, but because I’m so mouthy and opinionated, some people don’t like to work with a black man in Hollywood who has an opinion. I knew they weren’t going to make a good movie at all and they didn’t.”
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the film will be like. But if it doesn’t at least match up to the production quality of Straight Outta Compton and if it lacks authenticity, fans will not have it.
Tupac’s fans are some of the most critical. And this movie is going to be dissected and critiqued in very intense ways. This may be an extremely anticipated movie, but it’s also the movie with the most skeptical eyez on it.