Danai Gurira Joins The Cast Of The Tupac Biopic “All Eyez On Me”
Danai Gurira, the sword-wielding star of “The Walking Dead,” has signed on to play Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, in the Benny Boom-directed biopic, “All Eyez On Me.”
Here’s the scoop via Deadline:
In Afeni Shakur (who is an exec producer on the film and the keeper of the flame on her son’s estate), Gurira plays a complex woman. A political activist and member of the Black Panthers, Afeni raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet. The film covers Tupac’s rise to stardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial stint at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war. It took a long time for this film to make it to the start line. But the timing seems fortuitous after the out-sized grosses of another hip-hop origin story, Straight Outta Compton. The film is produced by James G Robinson and David Robinson of Morgan Creek Productions, along with LT Hutton.
Demetrius Shipp, Jr., Jamal Woolard, Keyshia Cole, and Hill Harper also star in the film.
I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.