Today marks the anniversary of Tupac Shakur's untimely death on September 13, 1996. He died on the streets of Las Vegas, gunned down at the age of 26. Today, we have the red band trailer for All Eyez on Me, the upcoming biopic that recounts his short yet prolific career as one of the most iconic hip-hop artists in history.
Tupac Shakur was shot down as he was driving away from a Mike Tyson boxing match on September 7. He died six days later from four bullet wounds that landed in his chest, hand and thigh. Those moments are recounted here, along with some of the darker moments from Tupac's past. The footage is incendiary and definitely NSFW.
This is the second trailer to drop for All Eyez on Me, and it once again proves that star Demetrius Shipp Jr. was the perfect choice to play the late rap star, as he is a dead ringer for the icon. The previous teaser landed on Tupac Shakur's birthday, with Morgan Creek Productions continuing to pay tribute to the artist on important dates in his biography.
All Eyez on Me will tell the gripping true tale of Tupac and his rise and fall, while never turning a blind eye on his troubled path to becoming one of the most influential and infamous people on the modern music scene. It is a powerful story, directed by Benny Boom from a screenplay by Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. Tupac's mother Afeni Shakur serves as an executive producer, signing off on the project before her own death last year.
The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira takes on the role Shakur's mother in the movie. The ensemble cast also includes Kat Graham as Tupac's longtime friend Jada Pinkett, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight and Jamal Woolard as Biggie Smalls, whose life was taken around the same time as Tupac. Tupac's friendship with Dr. Dre will also be explored in the movie, as will his time spent with influential 90s hip-hop group Digital Underground, who first gave Tupac his start in the music business.
At this time, the death of Tupac Shakur and who actually murdered him has never been solved. The movie follows last year's blockbuster hit Straight Outta Compton, which focused on the rise and fall of N.W.A while also giving some time to Tupac's story during his Death Row Records days. At this time, All Eyez on Me doesn't have a set release date. It will most likely be hitting theaters in early 2017. While we wait for more info, check out the red band trailer, and remember Tupac on this 20th Anniversary of his passing.